Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Alberto Martinez case update

At long last, the trial of Alberto Martinez is under way.
Jury selection in Troy soldier's case

FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Jury selection begins in the trial of a Troy soldier accused of killing two Army officers with a bomb in Iraq. National Guard Staff Sergeant Alberto Martinez is accused of killing New York National Guard officers Captain Phillip Esposito and First Lieutenant Louis Allen.

A military judge rejected three last-minute defense requests to dismiss charges against him Monday. Martinez could face the death penalty if convicted.

The trial is being held at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Opening arguments are set for next Monday.

It's about damned time. This has dragged on for over three years now. His lawyers have apparently grasped at every straw--real or imagined--to get this guy off. Now he'll have his day in court, and the families of Captain Esposito and Lieutenant Allen can finally have a resolution to this nightmare.

Further reading:

Pain lingers for officer's family

Families prepare for start of frag trial

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