Marine's Iraq killings trial resumes in California

The trial of a major Iraq war crimes case has resumed at the Marine Corp

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, right, arrives for a court session at Camp Pendleton. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

CAMP PENDLETON, California (AP) — The trial of a major Iraq war crimes case has resumed at the Marine Corp's Camp Pendleton in California after an unexplained interruption of nearly two days.

A former squad member has been called to testify Friday in the case against Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, whose court-martial was delayed at mid-week when the judge asked lawyers to explore options, fueling speculation that a plea deal was in the works.

In 2005, Wuterich led a squad that killed 24 Iraqis including women and children during assaults following a roadside bombing that killed a Marine in the town of Haditha. The original murder prosecution has been reduced to a manslaughter case.

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