Hearing delayed for Marine charged with murdering Iraqi civilian

August 15th, 2006  
Team Infidel

Topic: Hearing delayed for Marine charged with murdering Iraqi civilian

Media: The Associated Press
Byline: n/a
Date: 15 August 2006

CAMP PENDLETON, California_The Marine Corps has postponed a hearing for a
Marine charged with kidnapping and murdering an Iraqi civilian.

The hearing for Lance Cpl. Jerry Shumate was rescheduled for Sept. 12 after
the defense requested a delay, said his military attorney Capt. Patrick
Callahan. It had initially been scheduled for Aug. 28.

Shumate, along with six other Marines and a sailor, was charged with the
April 26 kidnap and murder of a 52-year-old man in the rural Iraqi town of
Hamdania. The men were being held in the brig at Camp Pendleton.

Earlier this month, Shumate of Matlock, Washington, was also charged with
assaulting another Iraqi civilian in a separate incident.

Callahan said attorneys requested the delay so they would have more time to
investigate the new charges.

Additional hearings for the seven others charged in the Hamdania case were
scheduled for Sept. 25 and Oct. 18. The eight defendants could face the
death penalty if convicted.

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