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April 25, 2009 | Tony Perry
Murder charges against a Marine sergeant in the death of a prisoner in Fallouja, Iraq, will not be dropped despite the acquittal of two Marines in the same case. Lt. Gen. Samuel Helland, commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, has decided that the case against Sgt. Jermaine Nelson should proceed to a court-martial. Nelson's supporters hoped the case would be dropped after the acquittals of Sgt. Ryan Weemer and former Sgt. Jose Nazario. Nelson is charged with unpremeditated murder and dereliction of duty in the alleged killing of a prisoner during the assault on insurgents in November 2005.
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October 1, 2009 | Tony Perry
A Marine sergeant was demoted to lance corporal Wednesday and given a 150-day suspended jail sentence for his role in the killing of unarmed Iraqi prisoners. In exchange for a guilty plea to dereliction of duty, prosecutors dropped a murder charge against Jermaine Nelson, 28. Nelson told the court-martial judge at Camp Pendleton that he killed a prisoner during the battle for Fallouja in November 2004 on the orders of his squad leader. A psychiatrist testified that Nelson now suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2009 | Tony Perry
Murder charges against a Marine sergeant in the death of a prisoner in Fallouja, Iraq, will not be dropped despite the acquittal of two Marines in the same case. Lt. Gen. Samuel Helland, commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, has decided that the case against Sgt. Jermaine Nelson should proceed to a court-martial. Nelson's supporters hoped the case would be dropped after the acquittals of Sgt. Ryan Weemer and former Sgt. Jose Nazario. Nelson is charged with unpremeditated murder and dereliction of duty in the alleged killing of a prisoner during the assault on insurgents in November 2005.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2009 | Tony Perry
A Marine sergeant was demoted to lance corporal Wednesday and given a 150-day suspended jail sentence for his role in the killing of unarmed Iraqi prisoners. In exchange for a guilty plea to dereliction of duty, prosecutors dropped a murder charge against Jermaine Nelson, 28. Nelson told the court-martial judge at Camp Pendleton that he killed a prisoner during the battle for Fallouja in November 2004 on the orders of his squad leader. A psychiatrist testified that Nelson now suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome.
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July 4, 2008 | Tony Perry
A federal judge Thursday ordered two Marines released from jail despite their refusal to testify before a grand jury probing the alleged killing of four Iraqi prisoners by Marines during the battle for Fallouja in late 2004. U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson said that Sgt. Jermaine Nelson and Sgt. Ryan Weemer are still in contempt of court, but that keeping them behind bars was futile. Their lawyers had argued that they would never testify before the grand jury, which in particular is looking at the actions of former Sgt. Jose Nazario.
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August 28, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A federal jury in Riverside on Wednesday began deliberating the fate of a former Marine sergeant accused in the killing of four Iraqi prisoners, a case that both sides argued in closing arguments could affect the United States' mission in Iraq. Defense attorney Kevin McDermott told jurors that a guilty verdict could endanger U.S. soldiers and Marines by making them second-guess themselves rather than risk being prosecuted by civilians. U.S. Atty. Jerry Behnke said a failure to convict former Sgt. Jose Luis Nazario could undercut U.S. efforts in Iraq by signaling that the U.S. condones executing unarmed, nonresistant prisoners.
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August 27, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A former Marine testified in federal court Tuesday that he saw Sgt. Jose Nazario standing over a dead Iraqi, with an M-16 in his hands, just seconds after he heard a gunshot from the room where Nazario was holding Iraqi prisoners. Former Lance Cpl. Corey Carlisle also testified that before he heard the gunshot, he heard Nazario trying to talk a Marine into helping him kill Iraqi prisoners. Carlisle was the first witness to testify in federal court in Riverside about the events of Nov. 9, 2004, when the Marine squad stormed a house in Fallouja.
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August 23, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Two Marines refused to testify Friday against a former squad leader accused of killing Iraqi detainees, angering a prosecutor who said their refusal does grave harm to the government's case in the first civilian trial of a former service member accused of violating military rules of engagement. The prosecutor asked the judge to jail the Marines for failing to testify, but the judge refused. U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson, who is presiding over the trial in Riverside of former Sgt. Jose Nazario, said putting Sgt. Ryan Weemer and Sgt. Jermaine Nelson in jail would not convince them to testify.
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August 29, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
In the first civilian trial in modern times of a former member of the U.S. military for alleged combat crimes, a Riverside jury Thursday acquitted a one-time Marine sergeant in the killings of four unarmed Iraqi prisoners in Fallouja. After deliberating less than six hours, the panel found Jose Luis Nazario, 28, not guilty of manslaughter, assault and use of a firearm in the shooting deaths of the Iraqi men, taken prisoner by Nazario's squad during house-to-house fighting in late 2004.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
In the first civilian trial in modern times of a former member of the U.S. military for alleged combat crimes, a Riverside jury Thursday acquitted a one-time Marine sergeant in the killings of four unarmed Iraqi prisoners in Fallouja. After deliberating less than six hours, the panel found Jose Luis Nazario, 28, not guilty of manslaughter, assault and use of a firearm in the shooting deaths of the Iraqi men, taken prisoner by Nazario's squad during house-to-house fighting in late 2004.
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August 28, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A federal jury in Riverside on Wednesday began deliberating the fate of a former Marine sergeant accused in the killing of four Iraqi prisoners, a case that both sides argued in closing arguments could affect the United States' mission in Iraq. Defense attorney Kevin McDermott told jurors that a guilty verdict could endanger U.S. soldiers and Marines by making them second-guess themselves rather than risk being prosecuted by civilians. U.S. Atty. Jerry Behnke said a failure to convict former Sgt. Jose Luis Nazario could undercut U.S. efforts in Iraq by signaling that the U.S. condones executing unarmed, nonresistant prisoners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A former Marine testified in federal court Tuesday that he saw Sgt. Jose Nazario standing over a dead Iraqi, with an M-16 in his hands, just seconds after he heard a gunshot from the room where Nazario was holding Iraqi prisoners. Former Lance Cpl. Corey Carlisle also testified that before he heard the gunshot, he heard Nazario trying to talk a Marine into helping him kill Iraqi prisoners. Carlisle was the first witness to testify in federal court in Riverside about the events of Nov. 9, 2004, when the Marine squad stormed a house in Fallouja.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Two Marines refused to testify Friday against a former squad leader accused of killing Iraqi detainees, angering a prosecutor who said their refusal does grave harm to the government's case in the first civilian trial of a former service member accused of violating military rules of engagement. The prosecutor asked the judge to jail the Marines for failing to testify, but the judge refused. U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson, who is presiding over the trial in Riverside of former Sgt. Jose Nazario, said putting Sgt. Ryan Weemer and Sgt. Jermaine Nelson in jail would not convince them to testify.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2008 | Tony Perry
A federal judge Thursday ordered two Marines released from jail despite their refusal to testify before a grand jury probing the alleged killing of four Iraqi prisoners by Marines during the battle for Fallouja in late 2004. U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson said that Sgt. Jermaine Nelson and Sgt. Ryan Weemer are still in contempt of court, but that keeping them behind bars was futile. Their lawyers had argued that they would never testify before the grand jury, which in particular is looking at the actions of former Sgt. Jose Nazario.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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September 6, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal grand jury has indicted former Marine Sgt. Jose Luis Nazario on two charges of voluntary manslaughter for allegedly killing Iraqi prisoners during the battle in Fallouja in November 2004, officials said Wednesday. The indictment supersedes a charge already filed against Nazario. The Marine Corps has filed an unpremeditated-murder charge against Sgt. Jermaine Nelson in the same incident.
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