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Witnesses say soldier was suicidal, had issues prior to deadly 2009 Iraq shooting
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) ' Witnesses at a military hearing for a soldier accused of killing five fellow service members in 2009 at a mental health clinic in Iraq say Sgt. John Russell was frustrated at the care he was receiving.
The testimony came Monday in the first day of a hearing at Fort Leavenworth on whether Russell will face a military trial.
A former Army Reserve psychiatrist testified Russell was clearly angry and irritated during a brief encounter they had on May 11, 2009, the day of the shootings. Russell was ordered to seek counseling after reporting to his commander earlier in the day that he was suicidal.
Russell is accused of carrying out the deadliest act of soldier-on-soldier violence in the war in Iraq. He was nearing the end of his third tour at the time.