Soldier found guilty of murder in Iraq shootings

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A soldier has been found guilty by a court-martial in the 2010 slayings of two of his Army roommates in Iraq.

A military jury returned its verdict in the murder trial of Army Spc. Neftaly Platero of Kingwood, Texas, after deliberating for 90 minutes Tuesday. He was found guilty of two counts of premeditated murder and one count of attempted premeditated murder.

Prosecutors say Platero shot and killed Pfc. Gebrah Noonan of Watertown, Conn., and Spc. John Carrillo Jr. of Stockton, Calif., hours after he complained about their room being messy.

A third soldier, Spc. Jeffrey Shonk, survived being shot in the head but told jurors he can't remember who attacked him.

Platero's attorneys said their client is innocent and that Army investigators ignored forensic evidence that seemed to clear him as the shooter.

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