Hearing Set For Soldier Accused In Iraq "fragging"

A motions hearing will take place tomorrow for a New York National Guard soldier accused of killing two superior officers in Iraq.

Defense motions will be considered during the hearing at Fort Bragg for Staff Sergeant Alberto Martinez.

The case is being handled at the North Carolina post because its commanding general, now retired, was in charge of ground forces in Iraq when the officers died June 8th, 2005. The military judge tentatively set a trial date for June 4th.

The 39-year-old Martinez is the only soldier known to be charged with "fragging" or killing superiors during the Iraq war.

He is charged with killing Captain Phillip Esposito of Suffern, New York, and First Lieutenant Louis Allen of Milford, Pennsylvania. They were his superior officers in the 42nd Infantry Division of the New York National Guard.


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