Ex-Soldier Convicted in Iraq Rape, 4 Slayings

Staff Report

The Associated Press

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - A jury has found a former soldier guilty on charges that he raped a 14-year-old girl and fatally shot her after killing her parents and younger sister while he served with the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq.

Former Pfc. Steven Dale Green, who was tried as a civilian, faces a possible death sentence when the penalty phase of the trial begins Monday. Green had been discharged from the Army before he was charged in the Iraq crimes.

The verdict Thursday in U.S. District Court in western Kentucky follows more than 10 hours of jury deliberations after a trial that began April 27.

Green's defense team had asked jurors to consider the "context" of war, saying soldiers lacked leadership and received little help from the Army to deal with the loss of friends in combat.