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Soldier Not Guilty In Officers' Deaths

A military jury at Ft. Bragg has acquitted a New York Army National Guard soldier in the 2005 bombing deaths of two officers in Iraq.

Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez was found not guilty Thursday after
a six-week trial at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. He has been in
military custody since his arrest in the deaths of Capt. Phillip
Esposito of New York and 1st Lt. Louis Allen of Pennsylvania.

Both men died when an anti-personnel mine went off outside their
room on a U.S. military base in June 2005. All were members of the
42nd Infantry Division.

Witnesses had testified that Martinez and Esposito's relationship was tense because the officer believed Martinez was lax in operating the unit's supply room.


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