Convicted Soldiers Unlikely to Testify Against Midland Man

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say three soldiers convicted in military court of taking part in the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in Iraq are likely to refuse to testify against a former soldier being tried in civilian court.

Prosecutors on Friday asked a federal judge to force the testimony of three soldiers at the trial of former 101st Airborne Pfc. Steven Dale Green. Green is 22-years-old and from Midland.

The soldiers, James Barker, Paul Cortez and Anthony Yribe, may invoke their right against self-incrimination if called to testify at trial, which is scheduled to start April 27 in Paducah.

The three testified in military court that Green raped and shot Abeer Qassim al-Janabi, then shot and killed her family in March 2006 in Mahmoudiya, Iraq.  Green faces a possible death sentence if convicted.