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IRAQ: Fallouja hero now on trial for murder

April 1, 2009 |  6:00 pm


When the November 2004 battle for Fallouja was over, Marine Cpl. Ryan Weemer was lauded as one of its heroes. Wounded in the battle for what Marines called Hell House, Weemer was praised for bravery and resourcefulness.

Now, nearly five years later, he's on trial, facing murder charges in the shooting of an Iraqi prisoner on the first day of the battle. At his court martial Wednesday at Camp Pendleton, 26-year-old Weemer, now a sergeant, testified he is tormented by that killing but that he was only following orders.

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Tony Perry, Camp Pendleton

Photo: Sgt. Ryan Weemer. Credit; Associated Press.