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European edition, Thursday, September 13, 2007

Charges were dismissed against a Marine who was accused of killing an unarmed prisoner in 2004 in Fallujah, the Marine Corps announced Wednesday.

But Sgt. Jermaine A. Nelson could still face charges for the incident.

On Aug. 16, Nelson was charged with unlawful murder of an unknown foreign national in connection with the Nov. 9, 2004, incident, a Corps news release said.

Nelson was assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment at the time of the incident.

Lt. Gen. James Mattis, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command, dismissed charges against Nelson without prejudice on Monday, according to the release.

Mattis decided to dismiss the charges against Nelson to evaluate the investigation and decide whether legal action against Nelson should go forward, Corps spokesman Lt. Col. Sean Gibson said.

That means Nelson could once again face charges in connection with the incident.

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