Detail of 2nd assault emerges in US Marine's Iraqi murder case

October 14th, 2006  
Team Infidel

Topic: Detail of 2nd assault emerges in US Marine's Iraqi murder case

Media: The Associated Press
Date: 14 October 2006

CAMP PENDLETON, California_A Marine charged with kidnapping and murdering an
Iraqi man last spring assaulted another man in a separate incident because
he made "disparaging remarks" about Marines while in Abu Ghraib prison, a
military prosecutor said.

The comment was the first public glimpse into an alleged April 10 incident
uncovered during the probe into the death of 52-year-old Hashim Ibrahim Awad
on April 26. Six other Marines have been charged in the murder case.

Dressed in a short-sleeved khaki service uniform, Lance Cpl. Jerry E.
Shumate Jr. deferred making a plea Friday to the six charges against him, a
common move at military arraignments.

While details around the alleged murder of Awad have previously been heard
in court _ prosecutors said the seven Marines seized Awad from his home,
threw him into a hole and shot him after growing frustrated in their search
for an insurgent _ the earlier alleged incident of abuse has received little

Marine prosecutor Maj. Donald J. Plowman said Shumate, 21, chased and
tackled Khalid Hamad Daham and then, along with several other Marines, took
him to his house and beat him while his family was in an adjoining room.

The prosecution discussed the incident because Immel had asked for his
client to be removed from pretrial confinement. The judge, after hearing
details of the April incidents, denied the motion. Shumate's trial was set
for Feb. 12.

Navy corpsman Melson J. Bacos pleaded guilty last week to kidnapping and
conspiracy, under a deal with prosecutors in which he agreed to testify at
his court-martial and during upcoming proceedings about what he saw. In
return for Bacos' testimony, other counts of murder, kidnapping and
conspiracy were dropped.

He was sentenced to a year in custody.

Bacos testified that two Marines shot Awad at least 10 times after dragging
him from his house. He said the body was dumped in a roadside hole with a
rifle, to make it appear he'd been planting a bomb.

Bacos was the first of the servicemen to be court-martialed. The seven
others could get up to life in prison.

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