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Army to court-martial Hawaii-based soldier for Iraqi killing
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    HONOLULU — The Army said Tuesday it will court-martial a Hawaii-based soldier for premeditated murder in the killing of an unarmed Iraqi last summer.
    Sgt. 1st Class Trey Corrales is accused of shooting an Iraqi when his platoon raided a house near Kirkuk in search of men they believed were planting roadside bombs.
    Premeditated murder carries a maximum penalty of death and a minimum of life in prison with the possibility of parole.
    Maj. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, 25th Infantry Division commander, also decided Corrales should be tried for ordering a soldier in his platoon to shoot the Iraqi after Corrales shot him.
    The trial will also examine allegations Corrales, of San Antonio, wrongfully impeded an investigation by planting an AK-47 rifle next to the victim after he had been shot.
    Mixon last month decided the soldier Corrales issued the order to, Spc. Christopher Shore, should be court-martialed for third-degree murder in the incident.
    The charge, akin to manslaughter in the civilian justice system, is less than requested by military prosecutors who asked for Shore to be tried for premeditated murder.
    Shore, of Winder, Ga., testified at his preliminary hearing in October that Corrales shot the Iraqi multiple times and then ordered Shore to ‘‘finish him.’’ But Shore said he fired off to the side, intentionally missing the man.
    Shore said he didn’t want to disobey Corrales, whom his attorney portrayed as an abusive, dictatorial leader who had verbally and physically threatened other soldiers in the past.
    Shore’s attorney argued the Iraqi man was killed by the shots Corrales fired and that the shots Shore fired didn’t hit him.
    Corrales waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
    Corrales’ attorney, Frank J. Spinner, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment on the court-martial.

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