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2nd Marine faces jail for contempt

June 25, 2008|Tony Perry

A federal judge Tuesday ordered a second Marine jailed for refusing to testify before a grand jury probing the alleged killing of four insurgent prisoners by Marines during the fight in Fallouja in late 2004.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson ordered Sgt. Jermaine Nelson jailed after finding him in contempt of court.

On June 12, Larsen made a similar ruling against Sgt. Ryan Weemer. A third Marine, former Sgt. Jose Nazario, is charged in federal court with manslaughter in the case.

Nelson and Weemer are charged in the military court system at Camp Pendleton.

Their lawyers say their clients are concerned that military prosecutors will use their testimony to the civilian grand jury against them.

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