U.S. appeals court throws out murder conviction of ex-Blackwater guard

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 04, 2017 11:44 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out the murder conviction of an ex-Blackwater security guard and ordered three of his former colleagues to be re-sentenced in the high-profile prosecution stemming from the massacre of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians at a Baghdad traffic circle in 2007.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered a new trial after tossing the murder conviction of former security contractor Nicholas Slatten.

Separately, the court said Paul Slough, Dustin Heard and Evan Liberty, who were all convicted of manslaughter over their role in the incident, should be re-sentenced because their 30-year prison terms were too long.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Toni Reinhold)