Marine set to be tried for third time in Iraq war crime case

A third retrial is set to begin for a Marine convicted in a high-profile court martial for the 2006 killing of an Iraqi civilian.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III is scheduled to be tried again Monday at Camp Pendleton, north of San Diego. Hutchins was convicted in 2007 by a Marine jury of unpremeditated murder for killing a 52-year-old former Iraqi police officer in Hamdania village.

The killing was meant to warn Iraqis to stop planting roadside bombs and cooperating with insurgent snipers.

Six other Marines and a Navy corpsman were also convicted in the Pendleton 8 case. Hutchins, the squad leader, has served over half his 11-year sentence.

Appeals courts twice overturned his conviction, partly because interrogators violated his rights in 2006.