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The court-martial of a 25th Infantry Division soldier accused of killing an Iraqi man starts Tuesday at the 1st Infantry Division headquarters in Tikrit, Iraq.

Pfc. Edward L. Richmond Jr. of 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, is accused of shooting Muhamad Husain Kadir in the head as soldiers were arresting him during a roundup of suspected insurgents near Kirkuk on Feb. 28.

Richmond, a native of Gonzales, La., was charged with murder under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and was referred to a court-martial by Maj. Gen. John Batiste in June.

Judge (Lt. Col.) Robin Hall will hear motions from Richmond’s defense attorney, Capt. Jennifer Crawford, on Tuesday, according to an e-mail from Army spokesman Capt. Neal O’Brien in response to questions from Stars and Stripes.

Richmond also may be arraigned Tuesday, with Crawford entering a guilty or innocent plea on his behalf. He will face a mandatory life sentence if convicted.

The soldier’s father, Edward Richmond Sr., is expected to attend the trial, The Associated Press reported in early July.

Richmond’s Hawaii-based battalion is part of the 25th ID’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, which has been operating in northern Iraq under the 1st ID since January.


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