Court-Martials Ordered For Eight 101st Soldiers

Evansville, Ind. (AP) -- The military said Wednesday it has ordered court-martials for eight soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell who are facing murder charges.

The charges stem from their service in Iraq. Two of the soldiers face a possible death sentence for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl and killing her and her family in March.

The Fort Campbell soldiers facing the death penalty are Sergeant Paul Cortez and Private First Class Jesse Spielman.

The military says two other soldiers, Specialist James Barker and Private First Class Bryan Howard, are also accused in the rape and murders but will not face the death penalty.

Former Private Steven Green will be tried in federal court in Kentucky. Green has pleaded not guilty to one count of rape and four counts of murder. He was discharged because of a personality disorder.

Four soldiers from the Division's Third Brigade also will be tried in a separate court-martial. They are charged with murdering Iraqi detainees in Northern Iraq's Salahuddin Province during a raid on a village.

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