Judge rejects challenge to ex-soldier's indictment

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A federal judge has turned away a challenge to the indictment of a former 101st Airborne soldier charged with premeditated murder and aggravated sexual assault.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Russell denied multiple motions on Tuesday from attorneys for 22-year-old Steven D. Green, who is accused of attacking of an Iraqi teen and her family in 2006. Green was deployed in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division when authorities say the assault took place.

Green is being prosecuted in federal court because he was discharged from the military before being charged.

Russell ruled that the law allowing Green to be charged as a civilian for alleged crimes committed in a war zone is constitutional and that Green has received due process.

Green is scheduled to face trial on April 27, 2009. He faces a possible death sentence if convicted on 16 charges. He pleaded not guilty in November 2006.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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