Prosecution Rests in Case Against Midland Soldier

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - Federal prosecutors rested their case Monday against a former soldier charged with the rape and murder of an Iraqi teen and the shooting deaths of her family.

Former Pfc. Steven Dale Green of Midland has pleaded not guilty to charges that could bring him the death penalty if he is convicted. The 23-year-old is accused in the March 2006 attack on 14-year-old Abeer Qassim al-Janabi, her parents and younger sister.

He is being tried in civilian court because he was discharged from the Army before charges were brought in the case.  The prosecution's final two witnesses testified that Green confessed to the crime shortly before his arrest by the FBI in June 2006.

Former Army specialist Noah Galloway of the 101st Airborne Division, and Blake Huggins of Midland, both said Green admitted to the crimes.

Green was honorably discharged because of a diagnosis of a personality disorder. His trial is being held in Paducah because Green was stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky., as a member of the 101st Airborne Division.