AP - March 14, 2007
"FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - A staff sergeant gave soldiers the option of taking part in the shooting of three Iraqi detainees before the killings took place, a soldier testified Wednesday.
Staff Sgt. Ray Girouard, 24, called members of his squad into a meeting in Samarra, Iraq in May and told them they could shoot the men after they were cut loose, Pfc. Juston Graber testified.
Soldiers say detainees shot for sport
Spc. William Husaker and Pfc. Corey Clagett testified Tuesday that Girouard gave them the order to release the three men and shoot them as they fled. They each have pleaded guilty to murder and sentenced to 18 years in military prison.
The soldiers had previously told investigators they were given rules of engagement by 3rd Brigade commander Col. Michael Steele to kill all military-age men. Steele has denied this but invoked his right not to testify.
A judge ruled last week that Steele will not be forced to testify, but defense attorneys could cross-examine the witnesses about their understanding of Steele’s order."
Today's military - creating tomorrow's ...?
[UPDATE 3/17/07]: - "Soldier Convicted Of Negligent Homicide"
"POSTED: 9:35 pm PDT March 16, 2007
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- A jury Friday night has found a 101st Airborne soldier guilty of three county of negligent homicide in the deaths of three Iraqi detainees.
After four hours of deliberating, the panel returned the verdict in the court-martial of Staff Sgt. Ray Girourd.
The panel could have found him guilty on the more serious charges of premeditated murder.
A negligent homicide charge carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison.
Girouard could have faced a maximum sentence of life without the possibility of parole if he had been convicted on premeditated murder charges."
[UPDATE 3/19/07]: - "GI gets 10 years in prison for 3 Iraqi deaths"
"FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - A soldier convicted in the deaths of three Iraqi detainees during a raid on a suspected insurgent camp in Iraq was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday.
Staff Sgt. Ray Girouard, who was found guilty Friday in his court-martial of negligent homicide, faced up to 21 years in prison. He avoided a life sentence when he was found not guilty of premeditated murder.
Along with the three counts of negligent homicide, he was convicted of obstruction of justice for lying to investigators, conspiracy for trying to conceal the crime and failure to obey a general order."
Chad (The Left) Shue