Military Court Clears Marine Of Iraq Murder Conviction
A Marine, Sgt. Lawrence Hutchin, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison following a murder conviction of an Iraqi civilian is now free. The military’s equivalent of the Supreme Court overturned the conviction. Hutchin was convicted in 2006.
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The military’s equivalent of the Supreme Court overturned the conviction Wednesday of a Marine found guilty of murdering a civilian during the Iraq war, saying he was interrogated after asking for a lawyer.
A court originally sentenced Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III to 15 years in prison for the murder of 52-year-old Hashim Awad in April of 2006.
Prosecutors said Hutchins, who led a Marine squad that dragged Awad from his home, shot him in the face several times and then placed a shovel and AK-47 near his body to make it appear he was an insurgent burying roadside bombs.
Several other Marines were convicted in the attack but all served less than a year and a half behind bars.
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