15.11.06

Bush war-criminal pleads guilty to rape-murder of Iraqi teenager, killing three members of her family


U.S.soldier pleads guilty to rape-murder of Iraqi teenager, killing three members of her family. - iht,america,US Iraq Rape Slaying - Americas - International Herald Tribune:

One of four U.S. soldiers accused of raping an Iraqi girl last spring and killing her and her family pleaded guilty Wednesday and will testify against the others.

Spc. James P. Barker agreed to the plea deal to avoid the death penalty, said his civilian attorney, David Sheldon. He said Barker agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

The killings on March 12 in Mahmoudiya, a village about 20 miles (30 kilometers) south of Baghdad, were among the worst in a series of alleged attacks on civilians and other abuses by military personnel in Iraq.

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