Defense Rests Case in Ex-Soldier's Trial

Staff Report

The Associated Press

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - Defense attorneys have rested their case in the trial of an ex-soldier charged with the rape and murder of an Iraqi teen and the shotgun deaths of her family south of Baghdad.

The case of former Pfc. Steven Dale Green is now scheduled to go to the jury Wednesday.

The defense rested after attorneys called two witnesses Tuesday to testify about the conditions soldiers faced in Iraq. A third testified about a log book kept by the Army.

Green is being tried in civilian court in western Kentucky because he was discharged from the Army before charges were brought in the case. The 24-year-old ex-soldier from Midland, Texas, has pleaded not guilty to charges that could bring him the death penalty if convicted of the March 12, 2006 attack on 14-year-old Abeer Qassim al-Janabi and her family.