A storm system will begin to impact Southern Colorado by late this morning. Mountain locations will simply see snow, but lower elevations will see rain eventually change to snow by later this afternoon. Locations higher in elevation will see the heaviest snow, due to colder temperatures. So then, Teller County, far northwest El Paso County, and the Wet & Sangre de Cristo Mountains will likely see several inches of wet snow. The major cities will see far less snow and the storm will exit toward early Saturday morning.
A Fort Carson-based soldier backed out of a plea deal Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to killing an Iraqi civilian while searching for insurgents in Iraq who'd attacked a U.S. base north of Baghdad.
Staff Sergeant Shane Werst also pleaded not guilty to obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to his superiors about how Naser Ismail died in January 2004. The hearing is being held at Fort Hood in Texas.
If convicted, Werst could be sentenced to life in a military prison without parole. A court-martial is set for May 23rd.
Werst was a combat engineer with the Third Brigade Combat Team at Fort Carson, an Army base near Colorado Springs. The unit is part of the Fort Hood-based Fourth Infantry Division.
Neither Werst nor his attorneys would comment today. In court, Werst said he wanted a trial before a military jury rather than a judge.