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Wash. court-martial begins in 2009 Iraq killings


JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- A court-martial is underway at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington against an Army sergeant for the fatal shootings of five fellow servicemen in Iraq.

Sgt. John Russell, of Sherman, Texas, already pleaded guilty to the killings but did not agree that the shootings were premeditated. Prosecutors will seek to prove that Russell plotted the shootings in advance.

Russell went on a shooting spree at the Camp Liberty Combat Stress Center near Baghdad in May 2009. Two evaluations presented during a 2009 hearing said Russell suffered from severe depression with psychotic features and chronic post-traumatic stress disorder.

The shooting killed Navy Cmdr. Charles Springle, of North Carolina; Pfc. Michael Edward Yates Jr., of Maryland; Dr. Matthew Houseal, of Texas; Sgt. Christian Bueno-Galdos, of New Jersey; and Spc. Jacob Barton, of Missouri.

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