Soldiers to be arraigned in detainee murder

The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Dec 5, 2008 20:19:19 EST

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — Two Fort Campbell soldiers will be arraigned next week on charges of premeditated murder in the shooting death of an Iraqi detainee.

Base officials said Friday that Staff Sgt. Hal M. Warner, of Braggs, Okla., and 1st Lt. Michael C. Behenna, of Edmond, Okla., will appear Monday before a military judge at the base on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line.

The two 101st Airborne soldiers are charged with premeditated murder, assault, making a false statement and obstruction of justice in the May death of Ali Mansour Mohammed. Warner faces an additional charge of accessory after the fact.

During a September hearing in Iraq, military prosecutors accused Behenna of stripping the detainee naked, shooting him in the head and chest and watching as Warner set fire to the body with a grenade. He also allegedly tried to cover up the killing.

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