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December 8th, 2006 - More Rulings Issued in Clagett Murder Trial

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More Rulings Issued in Clagett Murder Trial


By Thomya Hogan

The Leaf-Chronicle

Dec 8, 2006


The government will not have to pay for expert witnesses for Pfc. Corey Clagett, who is charged with premeditated murder in connection with the May 9 shooting of detainees in Iraq, a military judge has ruled.


The judge ruled Thursday the expert testimony would be allowed, but he did not compel the government to pay for it.


Military Judge Army Col. Theodore E. Dixon also ruled that Clagett will only have one trial instead of two. The defense had requested one trial for the murder charges and a second separate trial for charges stemming from Clagett's confinement. Those charges include things like disrespecting a noncomissioned officer and other disciplinary-type issues, said Fort Campbell Public Information Officer Master Sgt. Terry Webster.


Dixon has set a motions hearing for Jan. 15 and a trial date for Jan. 16. Webster said that, to date, Clagett's attorneys have not submitted a motion to separate Clagett's trial from other soldiers charged in the case. If one is submitted, it could be heard at that time.


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