Soldiers in Court

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A Fort Carson soldier was in a Texas courtroom on Tuesday.

Sergeant First Class Tracy Perkins is charged with manslaughter, aggravated assault, conspiracy and lying to Army investigators. He is accused in the alleged drowning of an Iraqi civilian. On Tuesday, his court martial was delayed until Dec. 9.

SFC Perkins and First Lieutenant Jack Saville are accused of pushing 19-year-old Zaidoun Hassoun and his cousin off a bridge into Iraq's Tigris River last January after they allegedly violated curfew. The cousin survived, but Hassoun reportedly died, even though investigators admit they've never seen his corpse.

SFC Perkins faces a second assault charge for allegedly forcing another Iraqi man off a bridge over the Tigris last December. He could face up to 29 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

1LT Saville, meantime, will face court-martial in January 2005.

The 33-year-old Perkins and the 24-year-old Saville are both soldiers in the Third Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Carson. The unit is part of the Fourth Infantry Division, headquartered at Fort Hood, Texas.

The Army dropped conspiracy charges against 1LT Saville and SFC Perkins last month amid complaints that higher-ranking soldiers were treated more leniently.