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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  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jan 24, 2009 at 05:46 AM
    Look on the bright side at least the detainee won't have to go to that awful Club Gitmo for rest and relaxation. Give that soldier a medal.
  • by Jason Location: Kentucky on Jan 24, 2009 at 04:40 AM
    Is this all our government has to worry about thousands of ppl are killed each day here at home and were wasting money on a trial of a Iraqi detainee who probably tried to kill those soldiers or maybe even killed some soldiers before being taken captive. What a disgrace this Government is to the People who protect it.


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