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Trial continues for soldier accused of fatal shootings

Spc. Neftaly Platero heading to court. Spc. Neftaly Platero heading to court.


A trial resumes Monday morning at Fort Stewart for a soldier with the 4th Brigade's 315 Infantry of the 3rd ID who is accused of fatally shooting two soldiers while deployed to Iraq.

Spc. Neftaly Platero was based in Fallujah, Iraq, with Spc. John Carillo and Pfc. Gebrah Noonan. Investigators said that on Sept. 23, 2010, a fight erupted and Platero shot and killed them both and injured Spc. Jeffrey Shonk. 

One soldier who survived the shooting testified that he can't remember being shot or who pulled the trigger. Another soldier testified the gunman was Platero.

The prosecution began presenting their case on June 4. Lead attorneys for the prosecution Maj. Stefan Wolfe, and lead defense attorney Guy Womack presented opening remarks before trial judge Lt. Col. Dolan Tiernan, according to the Fort Stewart Public Affairs Office. 

The government called several witnesses last week. They ended Friday with expert testimonies from a DNA analyst and a firearms and toolmark examiner, who are both assigned to the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory at Fort Gillem, Ga.

Family members of Carillo, Noonan, Shonk and Platero were in the courtroom. 
Platero had pleaded not guilty and opted for his case to be heard by a five-person panel of military personnel. 

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