Delay in Court-Martial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Closing arguments have been delayed in the court-martial of a Fort Carson soldier accused in the alleged drowning death of an Iraqi civilian last year.

Army officer-jurors said they wanted to hear from more witnesses in the military trial of Army Sergeant First Class Tracy Perkins.

The 33-year-old is charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators. The judge dropped a conspiracy charge.

Jurors say they want to hear from witnesses who were not called to testify, including Perkins himself.

Military Judge Colonel Gregory Gross says he'll research the jurors' request and resume arguments later today.

Jurors are allowed to submit questions for witnesses in a court-martial. But Gross rejected a request for documents from previous court hearings and other witness statements in the case.

If convicted on all charges, Perkins faces up to 26 years in a military prison.

Perkins is part of Fort Carson's Third Brigade Combat Team, which is part of the Fourth Infantry Division headquartered at Fort Hood, Texas.


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