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Soldier's Trial Pushed Back

By: AP
By: AP

A trial has been set for January in the case of a Fort Carson soldier accused of killing an Iraqi general during an interrogation two years ago.

Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Junior will stand trial January 16th. The trial was originally scheduled to start Monday, but Welshofer requested pushing it back to December.

Prosecutors agreed to wait until January.

Welshofer is scheduled to enter a plea November 16th.

The other defendant in the case is Chief Warrant Officer Jefferson Williams, whose trial will be held after Welshofer's.

The two soldiers are charged with murder in the 2003 death of Iraqi Major General Abed Hamed Mowhoush during an interrogation. The Army says the general died of asphyxiation from chest compression.

The soldiers could get life in prison without parole if are convicted of murder.

Charges against two other soldiers have been dropped and they may testify for the prosecution.


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