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WüRZBURG, Germany — A motions hearing for a 1st Infantry Division soldier charged with attempted premeditated murder in November 2005 was held Monday in the Leighton Barracks courtroom.

Court-martial proceedings are scheduled for Monday through Feb. 16 at the Leighton Barracks courtroom.

Other charges leveled against Pvt. Kwame H. Ottley, 23, include two counts of obstruction of justice and one count of assault with attempt to commit murder. One count of willful disobedience of a superior commissioned officer was downgraded to one count of breaking restriction.

The victim, a young woman, was found beaten and unconscious in a park in the Bamberg suburb of Hirschaid on Nov. 14, 2005. Her injuries included shoulder, mouth and ear wounds, as well as missing teeth and a possible knife wound. Army prosecutors refused to release the victim’s name.

Ottley’s civilian counsel, David Court, tried to argue that the victim had “a track record of leaving clubs with men she had met for the first time for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity,” so the defense could dig into her sexual history in order to bolster Ottley’s claims of what happened on the night in question.

Court said that Ottley, a native of the Virgin Islands, maintains that the victim tried to engage in sexual activities with him and that he did not want to, which was one of the reasons he struck her.

Although Court said he could bring in one or more witnesses who could attest that liaisons with strange men were nothing new to the victim, the judge ruled against it, and the victim’s history won’t see the light of day during the court-martial.

Ottley’s charges were served Dec. 19, his arraignment was Dec. 29.

In pretrial confinement at the Mannheim Correctional Facility since Jan. 12, 2006, Ottley faces a maximum sentence of confinement for life, total forfeiture of pay and allowances and a dishonorable discharge, according to a 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command press release issued Wednesday.

The case originally was under German and U.S. concurrent jurisdiction. But at the end of the Article 32 investigation — similar to a civilian grand jury hearing — sufficient evidence was found to proceed to court-martial, so German authorities released jurisdiction to the U.S., the release said.

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