Army: Murder charge in Afghan civilian killings

The Army said Friday it will try one of the soldiers accused of killing three civilians in Afghanistan for murder.

Cpl. Jeremy Morlock, 22, is accused of premeditated murder, conspiracy to commit premeditated murder, assault and impeding an official investigation.

Morlock will now go to court martial, where a military judge will arraign him. No court date has been set.

Morlock is one of five soldiers accused of killing civilians for sport in a recent Stryker brigade deployment. All have denied the accusations.

Morlock, if convicted, could face life in prison.

Investigative and other records portray some of the most serious allegations to emerge from the Afghan war: a gruesome plot to randomly execute civilians in Kandahar Province. Some soldiers have said they feared they would be killed if they blew the whistle.

Investigators finally made arrests when a witness in a drug investigation in the unit reported what he considered to be unjustified kills.