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Fort Carson Court Martial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

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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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