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July 25, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
With tears in his eyes and his voice breaking, a Marine lance corporal facing six murder charges told a hearing officer Tuesday that he did not realize there were Iraqi women and children in the line of fire when he began hurling grenades and firing his M-16. "It was dark," said Lance Cpl. Stephen B. Tatum. "I couldn't make out a lot -- just targets.... I didn't know there were women and children in that house until later." Tatum, 26, of Edmond, Okla.
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June 20, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Marine Corps is appealing a military judge's decision to dismiss criminal charges against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani in the killing of 24 Iraqis in Haditha in November 2005. The judge, Col. Steven Folsom, ruled Tuesday that the case against Chessani was tainted by the appearance of undue influence brought on the convening authority, Gen. James N. Mattis. Chessani, 44, was charged with dereliction of duty and failure to obey a direct order for not launching a war crimes investigation into the killings.
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October 20, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A Marine lieutenant colonel and a lance corporal have been ordered to stand trial on charges stemming from the 2005 killing of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq, the Marine Corps announced Friday. Of eight initial defendants in the case, they are the only two who have been ordered to court-martial. The case involves the largest number of civilian deaths of any alleged abuse case involving Marines in Iraq. Lt. Col.
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March 2, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
This struggling town along the Euphrates River may long be remembered as the place where U.S. Marines killed 24 civilians in 2005, an incident that led to troops being charged with murder and their superiors accused of dereliction of duty for failing to properly investigate.
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May 29, 2006 | Rone Tempest, Times Staff Writer
Lance Cpl. Roel Ryan Briones says he is tormented by two memories of Nov. 19, 2005, in Haditha, Iraq. The first is of the body of his best friend and fellow Marine blown apart just after dawn by a roadside bomb. The second is of the lifeless form of a small Iraqi girl, one of two dozen unarmed civilians allegedly killed by members of his Camp Pendleton unit -- Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.
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July 31, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
The war-crime hearings underway here have led to an unusual public airing of some of the Marine Corps' most tightly held combat secrets: the so-called rules of engagement that govern when Marines can use deadly force in Iraq. Testimony thus far suggests the rules are ambiguous and subjective, and leave many Marines feeling they are being hamstrung in their ability to protect themselves by killing or capturing the enemy.
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June 3, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
The officer who recommended that Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani not inspect the area where Marines had just killed 24 Iraqis testified Saturday that he profoundly regretted his recommendation because it contributed to a false report about the deaths being filed with superiors. "Col. Chessani is not a coward," Maj. Sam Carrasco said, leaning forward and looking directly at the hearing officer, Col. Christopher Conlin. "He'd be the first to go into a house [filled with insurgents] if we needed to."
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October 5, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A hearing officer has recommended that a Marine staff sergeant be tried on negligent homicide charges in the deaths of five women and two children in Iraq, but predicted that the prosecution would fail. Lt. Col. Paul Ware, in a report to a top general, recommended that murder charges against the sergeant be dropped in the deaths of 12 other civilians in November 2005 in the Iraqi town of Haditha. The case against Staff Sgt. Frank D.
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September 1, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A Marine squad leader executed five Iraqi men after a roadside bomb blast killed a Marine and then told squad members to falsely claim that the men were shot while running away, a member of his squad testified Friday. Sgt. Sanick P. Dela Cruz said he saw Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich fire his M-16 at the five as they stood beside a taxi in which they had been riding in the Iraqi village of Haditha, some with their hands locked behind their heads.
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August 16, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) apologized to Marines under investigation in the deaths of two dozen Iraqi civilians in Haditha in a statement his office said spared him from a libel suit. Kline, a retired Marine colonel, issued a three-paragraph statement under a deal with lawyers for Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, one of the Marines under investigation. Charges have not been filed. Wuterich's lawyers sued Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) on Aug. 2 after his comments on the case.
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October 20, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A Marine lieutenant colonel and a lance corporal have been ordered to stand trial on charges stemming from the 2005 killing of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq, the Marine Corps announced Friday. Of eight initial defendants in the case, they are the only two who have been ordered to court-martial. The case involves the largest number of civilian deaths of any alleged abuse case involving Marines in Iraq. Lt. Col.
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October 5, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A hearing officer has recommended that a Marine staff sergeant be tried on negligent homicide charges in the deaths of five women and two children in Iraq, but predicted that the prosecution would fail. Lt. Col. Paul Ware, in a report to a top general, recommended that murder charges against the sergeant be dropped in the deaths of 12 other civilians in November 2005 in the Iraqi town of Haditha. The case against Staff Sgt. Frank D.
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September 6, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Three senior Marine officers have been given letters of censure for failing to launch a war-crimes investigation of the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha, the Marine Corps announced Wednesday. The letters will go into the personnel files of Maj. Gen. Richard A. Huck, who was commanding general of the 2nd Marine Division; Col. Robert G. Sokoloski, a lawyer who was chief of staff to the division while it was in Iraq; and Col. Stephen W.
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September 1, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A Marine squad leader executed five Iraqi men after a roadside bomb blast killed a Marine and then told squad members to falsely claim that the men were shot while running away, a member of his squad testified Friday. Sgt. Sanick P. Dela Cruz said he saw Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich fire his M-16 at the five as they stood beside a taxi in which they had been riding in the Iraqi village of Haditha, some with their hands locked behind their heads.
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August 30, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
The preliminary hearing for Marine Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich begins today, marking possibly the last chance for prosecutors to bring to court-martial any of the Marines charged with murder in the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians in the Iraqi village of Haditha.
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August 24, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
A hearing officer Thursday recommended that charges be dropped against a Marine lance corporal in connection with the killings of three Iraqi children and three adults in their homes in November 2005. If Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis accepts the recommendation, it will mean that of four enlisted Marines initially charged with murder in the Haditha incident, only one will still face charges. Lt. Col. Paul Ware, in a report to Mattis, said the evidence against Lance Cpl.
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July 12, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A hearing officer recommended Wednesday that Marine Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani be sent to court-martial for dereliction of duty in the failure to investigate the shooting deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians in the western town of Haditha. Chessani, 43, a former infantry battalion commander, is the highest-ranking officer charged in what is the largest war-crime allegation involving U.S. troops in Iraq or Afghanistan. If convicted, he could face three years in prison.
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May 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A Marine platoon commander who ordered that several houses be cleared in an Iraqi town testified Tuesday that he was shocked to learn women and children were among 24 Iraqi civilians killed in the attacks. But 1st. Lt. William Kallop defended the assaults as a legitimate combat operation during the first day of testimony in the biggest U.S. criminal case involving civilian deaths in the Iraq war.
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August 10, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
The Marine Corps announced Thursday that it had dropped charges against Lance Cpl. Justin L. Sharratt, who was accused of murdering three Iraqi brothers in November 2005. Sharratt was one of eight Marines initially accused in the slayings of 24 civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha after a roadside bomb killed a Marine. Four enlisted men were charged with the killings and four officers with dereliction of duty for not ordering a war crimes investigation. Lt. Gen. James N.
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July 31, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
The war-crime hearings underway here have led to an unusual public airing of some of the Marine Corps' most tightly held combat secrets: the so-called rules of engagement that govern when Marines can use deadly force in Iraq. Testimony thus far suggests the rules are ambiguous and subjective, and leave many Marines feeling they are being hamstrung in their ability to protect themselves by killing or capturing the enemy.
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