A jury of seven Army officers has been seated at Fort Carson in the trial of a captain accused of assaulting Iraqi civilians.
Captain Shawn L.-Martin is charged with three counts of assault, five counts of aggravated assault, obstruction of justice and conduct unbecoming an officer.
Prosecutors say Martin assaulted several civilians with a baseball bat he called an "Iraqi beater." He's also allegedly forced an Iraqi civilian to dig what would've been his own grave, then fired a gun toward the man -- but did NOT hit him.
Witnesses say Martin also transported Iraqis several miles into a blazing-hot desert, and left them on their own to walk back to the city without food or water.
Army investigators have called Martin a "failure" as a peacekeeper.
They say he used an "iron fist" to rule Ar Rutbah, Iraq -- instead of trying to win over the hearts and minds of the residents there.
Martin is a member of the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment.
The unit's 52-hundred soldiers have already deployed or will soon deploy to Iraq for a tour of duty lasting at least a year.
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