Closing Arguments Begin in Midland Soldier's Trial

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - Closing arguments have begun in the trial of an ex-soldier charged with crimes in Iraq that could bring him the death penalty if convicted.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa Ford told jurors Wednesday morning that former Pfc. Steven Dale Green and three others "forfeited their right to call themselves American soldiers" when they attacked a civilian family.

Green, of Midland, Texas, has pleaded not guilty to charges that include raping an Iraqi teen and killing her and her family.

He is being tried in civilian court in Kentucky because he is no longer in the Army.  Defense attorney Scott Wendelsdorf was set to give his closing argument later in the morning, then jurors will begin deliberations.

The defense rested Tuesday after calling few witnesses. Prosecutors ended their case Monday on day six of the trial.