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SFC WALTER TAYLOR

Sergeant First Class Walter Taylor's 13-year Army career boiled down to mere seconds in Afghanistan's volitile Wardack province. When he fired his weapon at a person who he believed to be an imminent threat to his men and to himself, a prominent Afghan doctor was killed and SFC Taylor's life was changed forever. Afghan President Hamid Karzai demanded justice. Ten days later two Afghan men fired RPG rockets into SFC Taylor's vehicle, critically injuring SFC Taylor's driver and blowing off SFC Taylor's face. As he lay near death in a hospital in Landstuhl Germany, SFC Taylor was awarded the Purple Heart. Then he was formerly charged with murder.

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PFC DAVID LAWRENCE

On October 19, 2010, Private First Class (PFC) David W. Lawrence, a twenty year-old infantryman and member of the U.S. Army 1st Brigade Combat Team out of Fort Carson, Colorado was charged with one specification of pre-meditated murder for the October 17 killing of Taliban Commander Mullah Muhibullah. As a result of the charge, PFC Lawrence faced a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison. Muhibullah, a senior leader of the Taliban network in the Arghandab district of Kandahar, Afghanistan was being detained by U.S. and Afghanistan forces at the time of his death. PFC Lawrence had been earlier evacuated to Kandahar for severe mental health issues. He was receiving on-going mental health treatment and was taking both Prozac and Trazadone, both prescribed by the Army, when he was assigned duty to guard Muhibullah.

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BAGHDAD CANAL KILLINGS

In the Spring of 2007, an infantry First Sergeant, a Platoon Sergeant, and the company medic murdered four Iraqi detainees in South Baghdad. Eight months later, SSG Jesse Cunningham reported the crime and erroneously became one of seven Army soldiers charged with the killings. He faced a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison.

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HADITHA

LCpl Justin Sharratt was one of four Marines charged with murder on December 21, 2006 in connection with the killing of 24 Iraqi men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq. It was the U.S. military's deadliest criminal case to emerge from the Iraq war. LCpl Sharratt faced a life sentence if convicted.

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ISKANDARIYAH

On July 1, 2007 Army Sergeant Evan Vela, a Ranger qualified sniper with the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, was charged with the premeditated murder of an Iraqi who had compromised his team’s hide position in the Triangle of Death. Sergeant Vela faced a life sentence if convicted.

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RAMADI

On June 25, 2006 the Army charged Specialist Nathan Lynn of the 1st Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment with the wrongful killing of an Iraqi who was shot to death while moving tactically on SPC Lynn’s position. SPC Lynn was also charged with conspiracy for his alleged role in planting an AK-47 at the scene.

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SEARGEANT CHARLES JENKINS

In the early morning hours of January 5, 1965, Sergeant Charles Robert Jenkins deserted his U.S. Army unit in South Korea and walked across the DMZ to North Korea where he remained until 2004. When he escaped North Korea in the summer of 2004, he was charged with desertion and aiding the enemy and faced a possible life sentence.

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MAHMUDIYAH

The Al-Mahmudiyah killings occurred on March 12, 2006 in a house located south of Baghdad, Iraq in which four United States soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division raped and murdered a 14 year-old Iraqi girl after murdering her mother, father and 5 year old sister. All four Soldiers faced the possibility of the death sentence.

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JALALABAD

On March 4, 2007, a convoy of Special Operations Marines was attacked outside of Jalalabad, Afghanistan. They responded in self defense. After the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission issued a report stating that 12 civilians were killed and 35 wounded, the NCIS initiated an investigation.

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