Psychologist Says Midland Soldier Suffers Impulse Control Problems

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - A neuropsychologist has testified that an ex-soldier facing a possible death sentence for rape and murder in Iraq has brain damage in the areas that control impulses.

Ruben Gur, director of neuropsychology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, said Tuesday that the condition leaves former Pfc. Steven Dale Green vulnerable to inappropriate behavior in chaotic situations.

Gur told jurors that Green likely suffered closed head injuries that caused the damage.  A jury is hearing testimony before deciding whether to sentence the former 101st Airborne Division soldier to death or life in prison.

The nine-woman, three-man panel convicted Green last week of multiple counts of rape and murder related to an attack on 14-year-old Abeer Qassim al-Janabi and the slaying of her family on March 2, 2006 south of Baghdad, Iraq.