A defense lawyer says a Camp Pendleton Marine whose Iraqi war crime murder conviction was overturned is being released while his case is under review.
Defense attorney Capt. Babu Kaza says a military judge decided Monday to free Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III.
He has served nearly four years of his 11-year sentence in a military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., for the killing of an unarmed Iraqi man. Hutchins was transferred to the brig at Camp Pendleton after a military court ruled he was given an unfair trial and dismissed his conviction.
The Navy is appealing.
Prosecutors say Hutchins led a squad of seven troops who killed the 52-year-old man in the Iraqi village of Hamdania in 2006.
The Navy isn't appealing. The Leftinistra JAG Corps is.
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