Monday, Sept. 12, 2011
FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — The defense attorney for a Georgia-based soldier charged with killing his two Army roommates and wounding another in Iraq last fall says his client is innocent and should be cleared by forensic evidence.
Attorney Guy Womack spoke Monday after his client, Army Spc. Neftaly Platero, was arraigned on murder charges before a military judge at Fort Stewart. Prosecutors say 33-year-old Platero of Kingwood, Texas, opened fire after an argument with the three soldiers in the room they shared in Iraq nearly a year ago.
Womack says forensic tests showed no blood or gunshot residue on Platero. But he says there was gunpowder residue on the hands of both the slain soldiers -- 26-year-old Pfc. Gebrah Noonan of Watertown, Conn., and 20-year-old Spc. John Carillo Jr. of Stockton, Calif.
(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)
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