Defense Rests in Court-Martial Of Soldier

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By ESTES THOMPSON, Associated Press Writer

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Prosecutors called rebuttal witnesses Wednesday at the court-martial of an Army sergeant accused of killing two officers in a grenade and rifle attack, after defense attorneys rested their case in their bid to spare the soldier the death penalty.


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Sgt. Hasan Akbar, 33, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder in the attack on fellow members of the 101st Airborne Division and others in Kuwait.


Akbar's lawyers do not dispute that he carried out the attack three days after the start of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, but hope to spare him a possible death penalty by showing he was mentally incapable of premeditation. They called nine witnesses on Monday and Tuesday.


The first rebuttal witness was Akbar's former company commander, Capt. Darmen Place, who said he asked Akbar — a Muslim — if he was comfortable with combat duty in Iraq and that Akbar responded he had no problems with it.


Defense witnesses have testified that Akbar was concerned U.S. soldiers would killed Muslims and rape Iraqi women.


Place said Akbar wasn't the best soldier he knew, but had potential to be better. "He came to work every day and did his job ... mediocre at best," he said.


Prosecutors also said they planned to call as a rebuttal witness a psychiatrist who examined Akbar for a military sanity board.


The judge, Col. Stephen Henley, told the 15 jurors they could expect closing arguments and deliberations Thursday.


Most of Tuesday's defense testimony was taken up by a psychiatrist who agreed with prosecutors under cross-examination that Akbar was sane and knew the consequences of his actions.


Dr. George Woods Jr. of Oakland, Calif., initially testified under defense questioning that Akbar may have suffered from forms of schizophrenia and depression at the time of the attack.


But when questioned by Army prosecutor Lt. Col. Michael Mulligan, Woods acknowledged he had ruled out a diagnosis of insanity.


Woods reluctantly said "yes" when asked if Akbar "understood the natural consequences of the act" when he threw grenades into three tents at Camp Pennsylvania in Kuwait. Woods attempted to explain, but Mulligan pressed simply for the yes or no answer.


Woods, who has been paid as much as $14,000 so far by the government for his work, also said Akbar understood that a hand grenade was a lethal weapon and exhibited ability to make plans, although he noted that Akbar's plans were frequently unsuccessful.


Earlier, Woods testified that Akbar had a family history of mental illness that hampered his ability to function as he got older.


An Army captain and an Air Force major were killed in the attack. Fourteen soldiers were wounded.




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Well it easy see why he did this, he hates americans, he cant let it go cause hs buds now stand up with us it happens in wars, worse bring u together, and u always got lawyers, trying to say ur insane cause ur paid to do so u have idiots try get jerks outta anything, good thing he sane he deserves to die same way , i aint trying be mean same for the 9/11 killer just let family get haold of him i htink when they catch ben ladin not be predijuice but, it gonna be biggest differens thing u ever seen way worse then john gacey hehe
 
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