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Hearing Set for Soldier in Officers' Deaths

Posted July 16, 2007

— A soldier charged with killing two superior officers in Iraq has a hearing scheduled Monday at Fort Bragg.

Prosecutors said Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez set off grenades and a mine in a room at one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces in June 2005, killing Capt. Phillip Esposito and 1st Lt. Louis Allen.

Monday's hearing is the equivalent to a civilian court's pre-trial motion hearing. Martinez's court martial is set to start in August


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  • Xscout577 Jul 16, 2007

    To Rev RB & everybody else. What SSgt Martinez did was called "fraggin" back in Vietnam. It was one of the ways to get rid of your Chain of Command or just somebody you didn't like for various reasons. What Martinez did was cowardice & traitorous.
    My only question is this .... Why does it take so long for things like this to come to trial? I mean this one is "cut & dry" .... he fragged & klilled 2 people and confessed to the traitorous act, so why the hold up??
    According to Unifom Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), traitors are executed during a time of war. It ain't looking too good for the guy.

  • Jake Wildstar Jul 16, 2007

    This guy, if found guilty should be put against a wall and shot.

  • Gandalf Jul 16, 2007

    Have the trail, find him guilty, court martial him, then execute him.

    Am praying they line him up in front of a firing squad!

  • justlisten Jul 16, 2007

    Do you think maybe he did not know that they were in there? Maybe he just wanted to bomb the palace?
    I need more info on this story

  • Adelinthe Jul 16, 2007

    This often happens in war. Soldiers feel the same things we do toward what they deem unfair or inept superiors. The only difference is, they have access to firearms and grenades.

    This happened QUITE OFTEN in Vietnam. It's called "lobbing" a grenade into the tent of one's superior to get rid of them.

    Am praying for the loved ones of the victims.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • elcid89 Jul 16, 2007

    This apparently happened in Vietnam quite often. Yet another parallel between two specious wars.

  • Joy4u2 Jul 16, 2007

    he's a tratior

  • peace_of_mind Jul 16, 2007

    What in the world? There has to be more to this story.