FORT HOOD, Texas – A military jury has acquitted an Army sergeant of premeditated murder in the shooting death of an unarmed Iraqi insurgent.
The family of Sgt. Leonardo Trevino gasped, clapped and sobbed as the verdict was read Thursday.
The 31-year-old from San Antonio also was cleared on charges of attempted murder, solicitation to commit murder and three counts of obstruction of justice.
Military prosecutors said in closing arguments that the killing last summer in Iraq was unjustified because the insurgent was severely wounded from a gun battle and posed no threat.
Trevino's attorneys say he followed the rules of engagement because he thought the Al-Qaeda insurgent was reaching for a gun.