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THE CONFLICT IN IRAQ

2 U.S. Soldiers Face Charges in 3 Deaths

September 23, 2004|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

BAGHDAD — Two U.S. soldiers have been charged with premeditated murder in the deaths of three Iraqis.

The Army's 1st Cavalry Division on Wednesday identified the soldiers as Sgt. Michael P. Williams and Spc. Brent W. May, members of Company C, 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, based at Ft. Riley, Kan. Williams also was charged with obstruction of justice and making a false official statement.

The military gave no details about the case. It said the events that led to the charges could not be disclosed because the investigation was continuing.

The soldiers were assigned to Task Force Baghdad, which operates in the capital.

This month, Army Capt. Rogelio Maynulet went on trial in Germany on charges of murder and dereliction of duty in the May 21 shooting of an Iraqi driver whose car U.S. forces had chased in southern Iraq.

Soldiers testified that the driver had been injured and described the slaying as a "mercy killing."

Maynulet is the first U.S. officer charged with murder in Iraq.

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