Second Soldier Faces Court-Martial in Iraqi Drowning Case

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The court-martial of a platoon leader accused of ordering soldiers to force two Iraqis into a river begins Monday at Fort Hood.

First Lieutenant Jack Saville is charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, obstruction of justice, conspiracy and making a false statement.

Saville is accused of ordering troops to push two curfew violators into the Tigris River in early 2004, leading to the drowning of Zaidoun Hassoun.

But defense lawyers say the Iraqi is still alive.

In January, Sergeant First Class Tracy Perkins was convicted of two counts of aggravated assault, obstruction of justice and assault consummated by battery.

Perkins was sentenced to six months in military prison and was reduced by one rank to staff sergeant.

Perkins and Saville are part of the Third Brigade Combat Team out of Fort Carson, Colorado, which is part of the Fort Hood-based Fourth Infantry.