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Attorney: Sergeant To Testify He Didn't Order Killing Detainees

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - His lawyer says an Army staff sergeant
will tell a military court Thursday that he did not order members
of his squad to kill three Iraqi detainees as his soldiers have
testified, but did help them cover up the crime.
Twenty-four-year-old Staff Sergeant Ray Girouard (Jur-ARD') is
accused of telling his soldiers to release the detainees they
captured and then shoot them as they fled near Samarra, Iraq. He's
expected to testify later today.
Specialist Micah Bivins testified today that he responded to the
shootings and found one of the three detainees still alive with a
weak pulse and shallow breathing. Bivins said the surviving man was
not the detainee Private First Class Juston Graber claimed to have
shot.
Graber was the squad medic. He testified yesterday that Girouard
gave soldiers the option of taking part in the shooting. Graber
said he shot one of the detainees who survived the initial gun
blasts from a fellow soldier. Graber pleaded guilty in January to
aggravated assault for shooting one of the three detainees who had
been wounded and was sentenced to nine months in a military jail.

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