Marine Cleared in Haditha Investigation
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
A hearing officer recommended Tuesday that murder charges be dropped against Marine Lance Cpl. Justin L. Sharratt in the fatal shooting of Iraqi civilians in the western town of Haditha in late November 2005.
Lt. Col. Paul Ware said conflicting statements by Iraqis, inconclusive forensic evidence and questionable legal theories used by the prosecution were inadequate to send Sharratt to a court-martial on charges of killing three Iraqi brothers.
Ware's recommendation goes to Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis, commanding general of the Marine Forces Central Command.