Blackwater guards ID’d as decorated vets

By Matt Apuzzo and Lara Jakes Jordan - The Associated Press
Posted : Saturday Dec 6, 2008 14:56:30 EST

WASHINGTON — The five Blackwater Worldwide guards indicted for a deadly 2007 Baghdad shooting are all decorated military veterans who have served in some of the world’s most dangerous places.

The men are Donald Ball, Dustin Heard, Evan Liberty, Nick Slatten and Paul Slough (pronounced SLO). All have been ordered to surrender Monday. Details of the surrender are being worked out.

The men are charged after the shooting of 17 Iraqi civilians in a busy Baghdad intersection. Documents in the case remain sealed but are expected to become public Monday.

Mark Hulkower is an attorney for Slough. He says his client served his country honorably and never should have been indicted.

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