2nd Marine Acquitted in Fallujah Killings

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2009 2:09 PM CDT
Former Marine Sgt. Jose Luis Nazario Jr. was acquitted by a civilian jury last year for the same crime.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A Marine was acquitted today in a court-martial for civilian deaths during the battle for Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Sgt. Ryan Weemer acted in self defense and had orders to fire, there was no forensic evidence, and he was manipulated by investigators, his lawyers argued. Even the prosecutor expressed doubt to the jury, saying “you should struggle with the murder charge” and convict on lesser charges. (Read more Iraq war stories.)