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New Hearing Ordered in 1995 Attack at Bragg

Posted June 4, 2007

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— Military officials have ordered a rehearing for Sgt. William J. Kreutzer Jr., whose conviction on murder and attempted murder charges was overturned on appeal two years ago.

Kreutzer will be arraigned Friday morning on one specification of premeditated murder and 18 specifications of attempted murder, as well as one specification of violating a general order by transporting weapons on post and one specification of larceny of government property.

The charges stem from an Oct. 27, 1995, shooting at Towel Stadium of members of the 2nd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division. One soldier was killed and 18 others were wounded in the ambush attack during morning exercises.

Kreutzer was convicted in June 1996 of premeditated murder and 18 counts of attempted murder and was sentenced to death.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces overturned the conviction and death sentence in August 2005, ruling that Kreutzer's defense attorney was ineffective and that the military judge handling the trial erred in denying mitigating testimony.


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  • djofraleigh Jun 5, 2007

    I hope justice is being served here,
    and that justice will be done,
    for if it is broken, and he walks,
    then there is no law for us all.

    In this case, a bad lawyer was a good one.
    Got him off, and got him another trial.
    I think it stinks that society is served so poorly.
    They should have done it right the first time.

  • Panther Jun 5, 2007

    This low life deserves to rot in jail for what he did.

  • fayettevilledoug Jun 4, 2007

    I hope they do their homework this time. Should have taken the plea they refused to accept the first time. How did the family and those shot feel when he got his conviction overturned.