Judge Issues Rulings In Martinez Case

The prosecutors in the case of a New York Army National Guard soldier accused of killing two superior officers in Iraq will stay on for now.

That's the ruling of military judge Colonel Patrick Parrish, who denied a defense motion asking that the prosecutors be disqualified in the case of Staff Sergeant Alberto B. Martinez.

Martinez is charged with two counts of premeditated murder in the 2005 deaths of Captain Phillip Esposito and 1st Lieutenant Louis Allen. He was accused of detonating grenades and a mine in their room at one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces near Tikrit, Iraq, the day before.

Parrish also denied four other defense requests, including one to prohibit prosecutors from having contact with any possible jury pool members.

Parrish didn't rule on the defense's request for a new Article 32 hearing, which is similar to a grand jury proceeding. The case is being heard at Fort Bragg.