Conflict & Justice

Marine Frank Wuterich Pleads Guilty in Haditha Case

The final US Marine to face charges over the killing of unarmed Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005 has pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty.

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Sgt Frank Wuterich was one of eight Marines originally charged with murder or failure to investigate the killings.

The charges against six of them were dropped or dismissed, and one was acquitted.

Lisa Mullins talks with correspondent Jane Arraf in Baghdad.

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    CAPTION: A digital photo obtained by The Washington Post from Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigative reports criminal investigators seized from a US Marine's laptop computer in June shows five deceased Iraqi males lying on the ground near their white car while an unidentified Marine shot the men, who were unarmed, after they happened onto the scene of a roadside bombing in Haditha, Iraq. Criminal investigators noted that the photo was dated Nov. 19, 2005 and investigative reports show that the photograph, and numerous others of the incident that day, made their way onto Marine laptops and computer drives in the months afterward. StaffPhoto imported to Merlin on Fri Jan 5 11:46:05 2007

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    CAPTION: A digital photo obtained by The Washington Post from Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigative reports criminal investigators seized from a US Marine's laptop computer in June shows five deceased Iraqi males lying on the ground near their white car while an unidentified Marine shot the men, who were unarmed, after they happened onto the scene of a roadside bombing in Haditha, Iraq. Criminal investigators noted that the photo was dated Nov. 19, 2005 and investigative reports show that the photograph, and numerous others of the incident that day, made their way onto Marine laptops and computer drives in the months afterward. StaffPhoto imported to Merlin on Fri Jan 5 11:46:05 2007