The "Band of Brothers" Unravels
Soldier accused of civilian murders defends actions.
By Martin Bashir
Wednesday 02 August 2006
Pfc. Corey Clagett believed that the matter had been resolved.
After two internal inquiries evaluating a mission that had taken place in northern Iraq on May 9, the 22-year-old and three other soldiers from the 3rd Battalion of the 101st Airborne Division expected to return to their duties without a stain on their characters.
Within a month, however, three of the four had been arrested, accused of premeditated murder, and placed in a US military jail in Kuwait.
On Tuesday, the four appeared before an Article 32 hearing that would determine whether they should be court-martialed. If found guilty, they could face the death penalty.