Fort Carson Hearing

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A military hearing has resumed for 3 Fort Carson soldiers accused in the suffocation death of an Iraqi military official.

The Article 32 hearing was abruptly closed to the public on December 2nd because the case involved classified information.

The Denver Post appealed the closing, saying most of the hearing should have remained open. The U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals eventually sided with the newspaper.

The case involves Chief Warrant Officer Jefferson Williams, Sergeant First Class William Sommer, and Specialist Jerry Loper. All are charged with murder and dereliction of duty in the death of Major General Abid Mowhoush in November 2003.

The Army alleges the three placed Mowhoush inside a sleeping bag, tied in a so-called stress position.