Murder Charges Dropped Against Marine

Case closed.

A marine corps general at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville dropped all charges against a marine accused of murdering two Iraqis.

The decision ends the prosecution of Second Lieutenant Ilario Pantano, a former wall street trader who rejoined the marines after the september eleventh attacks.

Military officials accused Pantano of premeditated murder in the deaths of two suspected Iraqi insurgents in 2004. Pantano contended he acted in self-defense.