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November 1st, 2006 - Army Arraigns Fort Campbell Soldier on Murder Charges from Iraq

News article by the Associated Press

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Army Arraigns Fort Campbell Soldier on Murder Charges from Iraq


By Ryan Lenz

Associated Press

Wed, Nov. 01, 2006


Fort Campbell, Ky. - The Army arraigned a fourth 101st Airborne Division soldier Wednesday who was charged with premeditated murder in the deaths of three Iraqi detainees.


Spc. Juston R. Graber is accused with three others from the division's 187th Infantry Regiment of killing detainees during a raid of a suspected al-Qaida stronghold near Samarra, about 60 miles north of Baghdad, and attempting to deceive investigators by saying the detainees attempted to flee.


Pfc. Corey R. Clagett, Spc. William B. Hunsaker and Staff Sgt. Raymond L. Girouard were arraigned last week and will be tried in courts-martial at Fort Campbell.


Graber deferred entering a plea during the proceedings. His military attorneys declined to comment because Graber was in the process of hiring a civilian attorney to represent him during his Feb. 6 court-martial.


The case is one of two involving soldiers from the division accused of killing Iraqis during a deployment to Iraq that ended in September when division headquarters returned.


Four other soldiers from the division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team are accused of plotting to rape and kill an Iraqi teenager and kill three others in her family last March in Mahmoudiya, a village about 20 miles south of Baghdad.


Arraignments will soon be held for Sgt. Paul E. Cortez and Pfc. Jesse V. Spielman, who could be given a death sentence if convicted. Spielman's arraignment was scheduled Thursday, but his attorneys were pushing for a delay.


Former Army private Steve Green also faces rape and murder charges but is being tried in federal court. He has not been indicted, but an arraignment is scheduled on Nov. 8 in Louisville.


2006 AP Wire and wire service sources. All Rights Reserved.


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