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Marine to stand trial in slaying

August 09, 2008|From the Associated Press

A Camp Pendleton Marine sergeant was ordered Friday to stand trial on charges of unpremeditated murder and dereliction of duty in the killing of an unarmed detainee in Fallujah, Iraq.

Lt. Gen. Samuel Helland ordered the court-martial of Sgt. Ryan Weemer after finding that there was sufficient evidence to send him to trial.

Weemer is one of three current and former Marines accused of breaking the rules of engagement and killing four men they captured after a platoon commander radioed to ask whether the Iraqis were "dead yet."

A telephone message left for Weemer's attorney, Paul Hackett, was not immediately returned.

The killings occurred in November 2004 during the invasion of Fallujah, one of the fiercest ground battles of the Iraq war.

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