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Soldier Pleads Not Guilty In Iraqi Detainee Death

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - A Fort Campbell soldier has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the death of an Iraqi detainee.

Josh Wick, a spokesman for the military installation, said Friday that 1st Lt. Michael Behenna entered his plea to the charges of premeditated murder, assault and making a false statement following a motions hearing.

Behenna and Staff Sgt. Hal Warner, both assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, were charged in the death last May of detainee Ali Mansour Mohammed in Iraq.

Military prosecutors accused Behenna, of Edmond, Okla., of stripping the detainee naked and shooting him in the head and chest.

Behenna and Warner are scheduled for separate military trials
next month at the installation on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line.

Warner, of Braggs, Okla., has pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder, accessory to murder, assault, obstruction of justice and making a false official statement. Prosecutors accused Warner of setting fire to the detainee's body with an incendiary grenade.


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