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Camp Pendleton Marine acquitted

June 4, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A jury on Wednesday acquitted a Marine intelligence officer of charges that he tried to help cover up the killings of 24 Iraqis. Cheers erupted as the seven officer panel cleared 1st Lt. Andrew Grayson, who was the first of three Marines to be tried in the biggest U.S. criminal case involving Iraqi deaths to come out of the war.

The judge, Maj. Brian E. Kasprzyk, admonished the courtroom, telling them: "There will be no more of that."

The verdict came just five hours after deliberations began.

Grayson, who has always maintained he did nothing wrong, was not present at the scene of the killings on Nov. 19, 2005, in Haditha. He was accused of telling a sergeant to delete photographs of the dead from a digital camera and laptop computer.

Grayson was found not guilty of two counts of making false official statements, two counts of trying to fraudulently separate from service, and one count of attempt to deceive by making false statements.

 

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