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US Marine Captain To Be Charged In Haditha Killings December 20, 2006

Posted by notapundit in Military News, US News.
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SAN DIEGO (AP)–A Marine captain will be criminally charged in connection with the killing of 24 civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha, his attorney said Monday.

Capt. Lucas McConnell, 31, was told by his commanding officer that he will be charged with dereliction of duty, said Kevin McDermott, his attorney.

“We’re just absolutely clueless as to what kind of dereliction of duty he could have committed,” he said, adding that his client was not present during the killings.

Separately, two military officials said a group of Marines would be charged Thursday for their alleged roles in the killings. The officials requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the charges ahead of their announcement.

The charges would mark the latest step in a massive investigation into the actions of a squad of Camp Pendleton-based Marines and several officers on Nov. 19, 2005. Earlier this month, the Marine Corps said that charges were being finalized against several troops but the precise timing was unclear.

Marine spokesman, Lt. Col. Sean Gibson, said Monday: “We will be presenting as much information as allowable at the appropriate time.”

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