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Marine squad leader's court-martial in Iraq killings case interrupted again; delay unexplained
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) ' The military trial of the last defendant in a major Iraq war killings case has been interrupted by the judge for a second day for unexplained reasons.
Lt. Col. David Jones announced Thursday he would reconvene the court-martial of Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich at Camp Pendleton, Calif., on Friday.
The interruption comes a day after Jones excused the jury Wednesday afternoon and told lawyers to explore their options.
Lawyers have not responded to inquiries on whether a deal is being discussed.
Wuterich led a squad that in 2005 that killed 24 Iraqis in raids on homes in the town of Haditha after a roadside bomb killed one Marine.
Wuterich has said he regretted the loss of civilian lives but believed he was operating within military combat rules.