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Marine in Haditha incident to hear decision on charges

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) - The final Marine to still face charges in the deaths of 24 Iraqis may learn today whether the case will continue.

A military judge is expected to rule whether to dismiss charges against Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich (WOO'-tur-ich).

The other 7 Marines court-martialed for the 2005 deaths in Haditha either had the charges dismissed or were acquitted.

The lawyer for Wuterich has argued that unlawful command influence occurred while a general was considering a court-martial, and should prevent the case from going to trial in September.

The incident in 2005 began after a Marine was killed by a roadside bomb in the town of Haditha. Some of the 24 victims were women and children.

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