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Court Martial Delay

By: AP
By: AP

A Fort Carson soldier's murder trial at Fort Hood in Texas was delayed today after opening statements -- when two jurors said they'd formed opinions on the case.

Both jurors in the case of Staff Sergeant Shane Werst were jury members in another soldier's trial earlier this year that had some of the same witnesses.

The judge excused the two jurors but denied a defense request for a mistrial.

The judge then recessed for the day and said more potential jurors would be called tomorrow.

Werst faces up to life in prison if convicted of murder and obstruction of justice in the January 2004 death of Naser Ismail -- a suspected Iraqi insurgent.

The killing allegedly was in retaliation for a deadly attack on a U-S base.


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