VILSECK, Germany (AP) -- A hearing to decide if there is enough evidence to court-martial a U.S. Army sergeant on charges of murder in the deaths of four Iraqis has ended for the day without a decision.
Sgt. 1st Class Joseph P. Mayo is charged with one count each of premeditated murder, conspiracy to commit premeditated murder and obstruction of justice in the spring 2007 incident. The four Iraqis were bound, blindfolded, shot and dumped in a Baghdad canal.
No decision was issued in the Article 32 hearing Wednesday, the military equivalent of a civilian grand jury. It will resume again Thursday. Mayo is the sixth of seven soldiers implicated in the case to face a judge and faces a possible life sentence without parole if convicted in a trial.
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