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On December 21, 2006, eight Marines were charged with crimes related to an incident that occurred in Haditha.

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Lt. Col Jeffrey Chessani

Case referred to a general court martial October 19, 2007

Charge I: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 92  

Specification 1 (Violation of a lawful order): wrongfully failed to accurately report and thoroughly investigate a possible, suspected, or alleged violation of the law of war by Marines under his command. (Maximum punishment dismissal, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 2 years).   

Additional charge preferred October 19, 2007

Charge II: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 92    

Specification: (Willful dereliction of duty): willfully failed to report, correct, update or supplement information about the incident in Haditha; willfully failed to accurately report to higher headquarters that the incident constituted a possible or suspected violation of the law of war; and willfully failed to direct a thorough investigation into the incident.  (Maximum punishment: dismissal, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 6 months)

Charges dismissed October 19, 2007

Specification 2 (Dereliction): willfully failed to ensure that this possible, suspected, or alleged violation of the law of war was accurately reported to higher headquarters. (Maximum punishment:  Dismissal, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 6 months) 

Specification 3 (Dereliction):  willfully failed to direct a thorough investigation into this possible, suspected, or alleged violation of the law of war. (Maximum punishment:  Dismissal, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 6 months)

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Sergeant Sanick P. Dela Cruz 

Charges dismissed April 2, 2007

Charge I: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 118 (Unpremeditated murder) (Maximum punishment:  such punishment other than death as a court-martial may direct.  [Dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, confinement for life])

Specification 1: did murder Ahmed Khutar Musleh, also known as Ahmed Fenr Muselh.

Specification 2: did murder Wagdi Aida Alzawi, also known as Wgedi Aida Abd. 

Specification 3: did murder Kaled Aida Alzawi, also known as Kaled Aida Abd. 

Specification 4: did murder Mohmed Tabal Ahmed, also known as Mohmed Betel Ahmed. 

Specification 5: did murder Akram Hamid Flaeh, also known as Akram Hmid Fluih.

Charge II: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 107 (False Official Statement) (Maximum punishment:  Dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 5 years) 

Specification: did with the intent to deceive, make to a false official statement.

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First Lieutenant Andrew A. Grayson 

Case referred to a general court martial December 28, 2007.

Found not guilty on all charges, June 4, 2008.

Charge I: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 107 (False Official Statement) (Maximum punishment:  Dismissal, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 5 years)

Specification: did with intent to deceive, make a false official statement.

Charge dismissed June 2, 2008

Charge II: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 134 (Obstructing Justice) (Maximum punishment:  Dismissal, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, confinement for 5 years) 

      Specification: did wrongfully endeavor to impede an investigation.

Additional charge preferred December 28, 2007

Charge III: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 80 (Attempts) (Maximum punishment: dismissal, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 5 years) 

Specification 1: did attempt to fraudulently procure his own separation from the United States Marine Corps by knowingly making false representations.

Specification 2: did attempt to fraudulently procure his own separation from the United States Marine Corps by knowingly concealing he was not eligible for discharge.

 Charge IV: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 107 (False Official Statement) (Maximum punishment:  Dismissal, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 5 years)

Specification 1: did with intent to deceive, make a false official statement.

Specification 2: did with intent to deceive, make a false official statement.

Charge dismissed December 28, 2007

Charge IViolation of the UCMJ, Article 92 (Dereliction) (Maximum punishment:  Dismissal, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 6 months)

Specification 1:  willfully failed to ensure that this possible, suspected, or alleged violation of the law of war was accurately reported to higher headquarters.

     Specification 2:  willfully failed to ensure that a thorough investigation was initiated into this possible, suspected, or alleged violation of the law of war.

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Captain Lucas M. McConnell 

Charges dismissed September 12, 2007

Charge: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 92 (Dereliction) (Maximum punishment:  Dismissal, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 6 months)

Specification 1: willfully failed to ensure that this possible, suspected, or alleged violation of the law of war was accurately reported to higher headquarters. 

Specification 2: willfully failed to ensure that a thorough investigation was initiated into this possible, suspected, or alleged violation of the law of war.

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Lance Corporal Justin L. Sharratt 

Charges dismissed August 8, 2007

Charge I: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 118 (Unpremeditated murder) (Maximum punishment:  such punishment other than death as a court-martial may direct.  [Dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, confinement for life]) 

Specification 1: did murder Jasib Aiad Ahmed.

Specification 2: did murder Kahtan Aiad Ahmed.

Specification 3: did murder Jamal Aiad Ahmed.

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Captain Randy W. Stone

Charges dismissed August 9, 2007

Charge: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 92 

Specification 1(Violation of a lawful order): wrongfully failed to ensure accurate reporting and a thorough investigation into a possible, suspected, or alleged violation of the law of war by Marines from his Battalion. (Maximum punishment dismissal, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 2 years) 

Specification 2 (Dereliction): negligently failed to ensure that this possible, suspected, or alleged violation of the law of war was accurately reported to higher headquarters. 

Specification 3 (Dereliction):  negligently failed to ensure that a thorough investigation was initiated into this possible, suspected, or alleged violation of the law of war. (Maximum punishment: [willful] Dismissal, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 6 months [through neglect or culpable inefficiency] Dismissal, forfeiture of two-thirds pay per month for 3 months, and confinement for 3 months)

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Lance Corporal Stephen B. Tatum

Charges dismissed March 28, 2008.

Case referred to a general court martial October 19, 2007. Additional charges preferred October 19, 2007

Charge I:  Violation of the UCMJ, Article 119 (Involuntary Manslaughter) (Maximum punishment: dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 10 years): 

Specification 1: by culpable negligence or while perpetrating an offense directly affecting a person, unlawfully kill Noor Yunis Salim.

Specification 2: by culpable negligence or while perpetrating an offense directly affecting a person, unlawfully kill Zainab Yunis Salim. 

Charge II:  Violation of the UCMJ, Article 128 (aggravated assault) (Maximum punishment:  dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 8 years):  

Specification: commit an assault upon women and children by shooting at them with his M16A4 service rifle. 

Charge III:  Violation of the UCMJ, Article 134 (reckless endangerment) (Maximum punishment:  bad conduct discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 1 year)

Specification: wrongfully and recklessly engage in conduct by firing his M16A4 service rifle into a room occupied by unarmed men, women, and children. 

Charges dismissed October 19, 2007

Charge I: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 118 (Unpremeditated murder) (Maximum punishment:  such punishment other than death as a court-martial may direct.  [Dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, confinement for life]) 

Specification 1: did murder Noor Salim Rasif.

Specification 2: did murder Zainab Unes Salim.

Charge II: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 134 (Negligent Homicide) (Maximum punishment: Dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, confinement for 3 years) 

Specification 1: did unlawfully kill Abdul Hameed Husin Ali. 

Specification 2: did unlawfully kill Guhid Abdalhamid Hasan. 

Specification 3: did unlawfully kill Asmaa Salman Rasif, also known as Asamaa Salman Rasif. 

Specification 4: did unlawfully kill Abdullah Waleed Abdul Hameed, also known as Abdullah Waleed Abdul.

 Charge III: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 128 (Assault) (Maximum punishment:  Dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 8 years) 

Specification: did commit an assault upon Eman Waleed Al Hameed and Abid Al Rahman Waleed Al Hameed.

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Staff Sergeant Frank D. Wuterich

Charges preferred December 27, 2007

Charges referred to general court-martial December 28, 2007

Charge I: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 92 (Dereliction) (Maximum punishment:  Bad conduct discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for six months)

Specification 1:  was derelict in the performance of duty by willfully failing to achieve Positive Identification (PID) of targets by engaging one or more unknown persons located near a white car with a loaded M16A4 service rifle. 

Specification 2:  was derelict in the performance of duty by willfully failing to ensure that the Marines under his charge obeyed the Rules of Engagement by ordering the Marines under his charge to “shoot first ask questions later.” 

Specification 3:  was derelict in the performance of duty by willfully failing to achieve Positive Identification (PID) of a person believed to be Yunis Salim Rasif. 

Charge II: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 119 (Voluntary Manslaughter) (Maximum punishment:  Dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 15 years)

Specification 1 willfully and unlawfully kill a person believed to be Yunis Salim Rasif by ordering Lance Corporal Humberto M. Mendoza to shoot that person with a loaded M16A4 service rifle.

Specification 2:  willfully and unlawfully kill a person believed to be Huda Yasin Ahmed by shooting that person with a loaded M16A4 service rifle.

Specification 3:  willfully and unlawfully kill a person believed to be Aida Yasin Ahmed by shooting that person with a loaded M16A4 service rifle.

Specification 4:  willfully and unlawfully kill a person believed to be Mohmed Yunis Salim by shooting that person with a loaded M16A4 service rifle.

Specification 5:  willfully and unlawfully kill a person believed to be Zainab Yunis Salim by shooting that person with a loaded M16A4 service rifle.

Specification 6:  willfully and unlawfully kill a person believed to be Aishea Yunis Salim by shooting that person with a loaded M16A4 service rifle.

Specification 7:  willfully and unlawfully kill a person believed to be Sebea Yunis Salim by shooting that person with a loaded M16A4 service rifle. 

Specification 8:  willfully and unlawfully kill a person believed to be Noor Yunis Salim by shooting that person with a loaded M16A4 service rifle. 

Specification 9:  willfully and unlawfully kill one or more unknown persons, located near a white car, at or near the intersection of Routes Chestnut and Viper, by shooting them with a loaded M16A4 service rifle. 

Charge III: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 128 (Aggravated Assault) (Maximum punishment:  Dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 8 years) 

Specification 1:  commit an assault upon persons in a room in the structure identified as House 1, by shooting at them with a dangerous weapon. 

Specification 2:  commit an assault upon women and children in a room in the structure identified as House 2, by shooting at them with a dangerous weapon. 

Charge IV: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 134 (Reckless Endangerment) (Maximum punishment:  Bad conduct discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, confinement for 1 year) 

Specification 1:   wrongfully and recklessly engage in conduct by firing his loaded M16A4 service rifle into a room occupied by unarmed men, women and children in the structure identified as House 1. 

Specification 2:  wrongfully and recklessly engage in conduct by firing his loaded M16A4 service rifle into a room occupied by unarmed women and children in the structure identified as House 2. 

Specification 3:  wrongfully and recklessly engage in conduct by firing his loaded M16A4 service rifle at one or more persons located near a white car. 

Charge V: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 134 (Obstructing Justice) (Maximum punishment:  Dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 5 years) 

Specification:  wrongfully impede an investigation by advising Sergeant Sanick P. Dela Cruz to provide false information regarding the engagement at the white car.

Charges dismissed December 27, 2007

Charge I: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 118 (Unpremeditated murder) (Maximum punishment:  such punishment other than death as a court-martial may direct.  [Dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, confinement for life]) 

Specification 1: did murder Ahmed Khutar Musleh, also known as Ahmed Fenr Muselh.

Specification 2: did murder Wagdi Aida Alzawi, also known as Wgedi Aida Abd.

Specification 3: did murder Kaled Aida Alzawi, also known as Kaled Aida Abd.

Specification 4: did murder Mohmed Tabal Ahmed, also known as Mohmed Betel Ahmed.

Specification 5: did murder Akram Hamid Flaeh, also known as Akram Hmid Fluih.

Specification 6: did murder Huda Yasin Ahmed.

Specification 7: did murder Aida Yasin Ahmed.

Specification 8: did murder Mohmed Yunis Salim.

Specification 9: did murder Aisha Unes Salim.

Specification 10: did murder Sebea Yunis Salim.

Specification 11: did murder Zainab Unes Salim.

Specification 12: did murder Marwan Aiad Ahmed. (Withdrawn Aug. 29 2007)

Specification 13: did murder six persons inside a house identified as House 1, by disregarding the requirement to have positive identification prior to engaging a target; and participating in clearing House 1 with deadly force without conducting positive identification prior to engaging individuals in House 1.    

Charge II: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 134 (Soliciting Another to commit an offense) (Maximum punishment:  Dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 5 years) 

Specification 1:  did wrongfully solicit Corporal Dela Cruz to make a false official statement.

Specification 2:  did wrongfully solicit Corporal Dela Cruz to make a false official statement.

Charge III: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 107 (False official statement) (Maximum punishment:  Dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 5 years) 

Specification:  did with intent to deceive, make a false official statement.

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