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Closing Arguments Will Wrap Up Investigation Of Marine Shooting

Three weeks of testimony are over. Now, lawyers for the government and two Marine officers have to make their case to a panel of investigating the shooting deaths of civilians last year in Afghanistan.

A spokeswoman says closing statements are scheduled for most of
today.

The special Court of Inquiry began January 7 to investigate two
leaders of Fox Company.

Marines in a six-vehicle convoy have testified they were shot at
after a suicide bomber blew up a van near them.

An Afghan human rights commission said the Marines fired indiscriminately as they drove away. An Army report said as many as
19 civilians were killed. But attorneys for the officers said the death toll was much lower and the shooting was justified.

Once the closing statements are complete, the panel will write a report to a comanding general who will decide whether criminal charges are warranted. It isn't clear how long that process will take.


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