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The Thar Thar Killings (I)

 

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Background - June 17th, 2007

 

“A Marine sniper has been charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting deaths of two civilians in Iraq. Sgt. John Winnick II also has been charged with aggravated assault against two other civilians and failing to adhere to the military's rules of engagement.

 

“Winnick’s attorney, Gary Myers, said a hearing will be held to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to court-martial the Marine. The charges allege Winnick killed the civilians on June 17, 2007, during combat operations near Lake Tharthar in Iraq’s western Anbar province. The charges also allege he fired at two others without first determining whether any of the civilians posed a threat, Myers said. […]”

 

“Winnick was working with the base's 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit at the time of the shootings. The charges carry a maximum 40-year sentence and a dishonorable discharge. […]”

 

Excerpt of an Associated Press article from June 6th, 2008.

The Accused: John Winnick

 

Media Reports

 

July 24th, 2008 - Charges Dismissed Against Marine in Iraq Shootings

2 news articles by the Associated Press & North County Times

 

July 15th, 2008 - Lesser Charges Recommended Against Marine

3 news articles by the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times & North County Times

 

July 3rd, 2008 - Marine Sniper Says he Shot Syrians to Save his Men

2 news articles by the Associated Press & San Diego Union-Tribune

 

July 2nd, 2008 - Accused of Manslaughter, Marine Says He’s Eager to Return to Iraq

2 news articles by the Los Angeles Times & North County Times

 

July 1st, 2008 - Marines Speak at Sniper’s Hearing over Iraq Deaths

3 news articles by the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times & San Diego Union-Tribune

 

June 30th, 2008 - Hearing in Marine Sniper Case Set

1 news article by North County Times

 

June 7th, 2008 - Marine Hero Now Accused of Crimes

1 news blog by the Los Angeles Times

 

June 6th, 2008 - Marine Charged with Voluntary Manslaughter in Iraqi Deaths

2 news articles by the Associated Press & San Diego Union-Tribune

 

June 5th, 2008 - Marine Sniper Facing Manslaughter Charges

1 news article by North County Times

 

 

Government Reports

 

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Photo Credits

 

Background

 

1) John Winnick - undated - Family photo;

 

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