Ex-soldier's Ky. trial for Iraq crime begins

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - Opening arguments have begun in the trial of a former soldier charged with killing a family in Iraq and raping the 14-year-old daughter.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Skaret outlined the prosecution's case to a jury of 15 women and three men on Monday morning. Defense
arguments were to follow in the trial of former Army soldier Steven Dale Green in federal court in Paducah.

Green is a former member of the Fort Campbell, Ky.-based 101st Airborne Division. Other soldiers have been prosecuted in military court for their involvement in the March 2006 attack.

Green, of Midland, Texas, has pleaded not guilty. He is being tried in civilian court because he was discharged from the Army before being charged.

Green could face the death penalty if convicted.

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