Ex-soldier charged with rape, murder may soon have trial date

Staff Report

The Associated Press

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - A former soldier charged with raping and murdering a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing her family may soon have a trial date.

A federal judge in Paducah, Kentucky, told attorneys today to present him in two weeks with a proposed trial schedule for Steven Green.

The 22-year-old Iraq war veteran from Midland, Texas, is charged with rape and murder in the deaths of Abeer Qassim al-Janabi and three others in her family. Green was discharged from the Army before being arrested last year. If convicted, he faces a possible death sentence.

The former private in the Fort Campbell, Kentucky-based 101st Airborne Division has pleaded not guilty.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Russell scheduled a hearing on November 27th to resolve the matters and could set a trial date then.

Four others who served with Green have been convicted for their roles in the March 2006 attack. Their sentences range from 5 to 110 years.