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05/12/05

Benderman Back in Court

A Third Infantry soldier accused of deserting his unit went back to court today to begin a new case. On the eve of Sgt. Kevin Benderman's court-martial, the judge threw out the indictment. He said the investigating officer may have been biased.

He ordered the equivalent of a new grand jury to rehear the case.

Benderman says he missed his unit's deployment because commanders were trying to deal with his vocal opposition to the war in Iraq.

"I know the whole time, I haven't told any untruths, that I haven't deserted and I haven't done the things I'm accused of," he said. "I know the truth will come out."

Prosecutors added another charge today. They say he collected combat pay while still at home. Benderman's attorneys say he immediately notified the Army of the bookkeeping error.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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