Ky. jury deciding sentence of convicted ex-soldier

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - A jury has begun deciding whether a former
soldier convicted of raping and murdering an Iraqi teen and killing her family should be sentenced to die or imprisoned for life.

Jurors started deliberations in the case of former Pfc. Steven Dale Green at 1:20 p.m. CDT on Wednesday.

The jury convicted the 24-year-old ex-soldier from Midland, Texas, on May 7 of raping and killing 14-year-old Abeer Qassim al-Janabi and shooting her family to death in March 2006, near Mahmoudiya, Iraq, south of Baghdad.

During closing arguments Wednesday, federal prosecutors said Green should be sentenced to death because of the brutality of the crime.

Green's attorneys told jurors he should be spared a death sentence.

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