Ex US-soldier found guilty of rape, murder of Iraqi girl
A US federal jury has found former soldier Steven Dale Green guilty of raping an Iraqi teenager and then executing the girl and her family, court officials said.world Updated: May 08, 2009 07:45 IST
A US federal jury has found former soldier Steven Dale Green guilty of raping an Iraqi teenager and then executing the girl and her family, court officials said.
Green, who was discharged from the army due to a "personality disorder" before his role in the atrocity came to light, was found guilty on all 17 criminal counts which included rape, murder and obstruction of justice.
A jury will determine whether he should receive the death penalty at a sentencing hearing which is set to begin on Monday, the officials said yesterday.
Green's mother, father and brother -- who were not present during the trial at Green's request -- are scheduled to testify on his behalf.
Prosecuting attorney Marisa Ford told jurors during closing arguments that the grueling conditions and tragic losses suffered by his unit, Bravo Company, in no way excused the rape of Abeer al-Janabi, 14, and the murders of her and her family in their home south of Baghdad on March 12, 2006.
"The evidence in this case suggests the defendant was acting purposefully and intentionally with full knowledge of what he was doing," Ford said.
"This was a planned, premeditated crime which was carried out in cold blood," She said.