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April 2, 2009 | Tony Perry
A Marine Corps sergeant charged with murdering an Iraqi prisoner told an investigator that he is tormented by the shooting and has tried to forget what happened that day in Fallouja in 2004, according to a tape-recording played Wednesday at his court-martial. In the recording, Sgt. Ryan Weemer talked of being covered with the blood of his best friend, who was killed by a sniper, and then minutes later being ordered by his squad leader to kill an Iraqi taken prisoner when Marines stormed a house.
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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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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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April 10, 2009 | Tony Perry
A military jury acquitted Marine Sgt. Ryan Weemer on Thursday of all charges in the fatal shooting of an Iraqi prisoner during a 2004 battle in Fallouja. At Camp Pendleton, a jury of eight officers, all of whom had served in Iraq, Afghanistan or both, deliberated for seven hours over two days before announcing its decision. Weemer was charged with unpremeditated murder and dereliction of duty, which could have brought a life sentence.
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May 2, 2008 | Tony Perry
Lawyers defending a former Marine accused of killing Iraqi prisoners during the 2004 battle of Fallouja have lost a bid to get the voluntary manslaughter case thrown out of court. Attorneys for Jose Luis Nazario asserted that the civilian criminal system lacks legal authority over acts committed in a war zone. But U.S. District Judge Stephen G. Larson ruled this week that the law "prevents discharge from the military from serving as a shield to prosecution for crimes committed while in military service."
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August 9, 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."
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
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 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
April 2, 2009 | Tony Perry
A Marine Corps sergeant charged with murdering an Iraqi prisoner told an investigator that he is tormented by the shooting and has tried to forget what happened that day in Fallouja in 2004, according to a tape-recording played Wednesday at his court-martial. In the recording, Sgt. Ryan Weemer talked of being covered with the blood of his best friend, who was killed by a sniper, and then minutes later being ordered by his squad leader to kill an Iraqi taken prisoner when Marines stormed a house.
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
August 9, 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."
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2009 | Tony Perry
A military jury acquitted Marine Sgt. Ryan Weemer on Thursday of all charges in the fatal shooting of an Iraqi prisoner during a 2004 battle in Fallouja. At Camp Pendleton, a jury of eight officers, all of whom had served in Iraq, Afghanistan or both, deliberated for seven hours over two days before announcing its decision. Weemer was charged with unpremeditated murder and dereliction of duty, which could have brought a life sentence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2008 | Tony Perry
Lawyers defending a former Marine accused of killing Iraqi prisoners during the 2004 battle of Fallouja have lost a bid to get the voluntary manslaughter case thrown out of court. Attorneys for Jose Luis Nazario asserted that the civilian criminal system lacks legal authority over acts committed in a war zone. But U.S. District Judge Stephen G. Larson ruled this week that the law "prevents discharge from the military from serving as a shield to prosecution for crimes committed while in military service."
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