Jury Selection Begins for Former Midland Soldier

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - Jury selection has begun in Paducah for the trial of a former Fort Campbell soldier charged with crimes that include killing a family in Iraq and raping a teenage girl who was among those killed.

Former Pfc. Steven Dale Green of Midland, Texas, was a member of the 101st Airborne Division when the attack occurred in March 2006. Three other soldiers pleaded guilty at courts-martial to having roles in the attack and a fourth was convicted.

Green has pleaded not guilty. The lengthy jury selection process expected to run through mid-April began Monday in the case that could bring the death penalty.

Green is being tried in civilian court because he was discharged from the Army before being charged. Opening arguments in the trial are scheduled to begin April 27.