Prosecutor's laugh draws threat from judge

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) -- An Army judge has threatened to discipline a prosecutor if he laughs again during the trial of a New York soldier charged with killing two superior officers in Iraq.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that Lt. Col. Bradley Huestis laughed after defense attorney Maj. John Gregory asked to mark a document as evidence. Gregory is representing 41-year-old Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez, who has pleaded not guilty to two counts of premeditated murder.

Gregory complained about the laugh, and judge Col. Stephen Henley told Huestis he would be sanctioned if it happened again. The court-martial is at Fort Bragg.

Martinez is a New York Army National Guard soldier accused of detonating an anti-personnel mine that killed 30-year-old Capt. Phillip Esposito and 34-year-old 1st Lt. Louis E. Allen.

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

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