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Tecumseh, MI soldier court-martial begins

Associated Press - February 19, 2009 12:24 PM ET

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - The court-martial has begun for a North Carolina-based Green Beret from Michigan accused of killing and mutilating an Afghan man he encountered during a convoy in March.

Master Sgt. Joseph D. Newell of Tecumseh, Mich. is charged with murder. The 38-year-old could face life in prison if convicted.

Ten jurors were selected Thursday morning. All are in the Special Forces and outrank Newell. The judge, Col. Patrick Parrish, expected opening statements later Thursday.

Newell is accused of fatally shooting a man he thought was an insurgent and cutting off the man's ear. His defense attorney has suggested the case is largely based on testimony from members of his Special Forces team who disliked him.

Read more from the Detroit Free Press: Green Beret from Tecumseh faces jury in Afghan's death.

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