Marine Ordered To Stand Trial In Fallujah Killings

By: CHELSEA J. CARTER AP Military Affairs Writer
By: CHELSEA J. CARTER AP Military Affairs Writer

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Camp Pendleton Marine sergeant has been ordered to stand trial on charges of unpremeditated murder and dereliction of duty in the killing of an unarmed detainee in Fallujah, Iraq.

Lt. Gen. Samuel Helland on Friday ordered the court-martial of Sgt. Ryan Weemer after finding there was sufficient evidence to send him to trial.

Weemer is one of three current and former Marines accused of
breaking rules of engagement and killing four men they had captured
after a platoon commander radioed to ask whether the Iraqis were
"dead yet."

The killings allegedly happened in November 2004 during the invasion of Fallujah, one of the fiercest ground battles of the Iraq war.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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