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Court Martial

By: AP
By: AP

An Army investigator today testified government officials never saw the body of an Iraqi civilian who allegedly drowned in the Tigris River.

That testimony came in the Fort Hood court-martial of Sergeant First Class Tracy Perkins

The Fort Carson-based soldier is charged with involuntary manslaughter, conspiracy, aggravated assault, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators.

Special Agent Irene Cintron took photos of the site where an Iraqi said he and his cousin were forced into the Tigris River.

Cintron didn't have the body exhumed for testing because of security concerns.

Perkins and First Lieutenant Jack Saville are accused of ordering soldiers to push two Iraqis into the Tigris River last January for violating curfew.

Nineteen-year-old Zaidoun Fadel Hassoun allegedly drowned but the defense claims he safely reached shore.

Saville faces trial in March.


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