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National Guardsman to be court-martialed for murder of Iraqi police officer

[JURIST] A soldier from the Indiana National Guard [official website] will be court-martialed for the murder of an Iraqi police officer, the US Army said Friday. Corporal Dustin Berg is accused of killing Hussein Kamel Hadi Dawood Al-Dubeidi near Baghdad in December 2003 and then shooting himself. Berg, who received a Purple Heart [award criteria] for his injuries, initially claimed to have been shot by a man in a red turban and a white shirt before changing his story multiple times and eventually admitting to the killing. Berg has been charged [JURIST report] with murder, lying about the incident, and wearing an unauthorized award. His court-martial follows a previous Article 32 hearing Uniform Code of Military Justice text] of his case. AP has more.

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