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Military Jury Finds Guardsman Guilty Of Murder

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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — A military jury has found a U.S. Army National Guardsman guilty of premeditated murder in the shooting death of an Afghan civilian.

Sgt. Derrick Miller of Hagerstown, Md., was convicted Wednesday at Fort Campbell.

His attorney had argued during two days of testimony that Miller acted in self-defense when he shot a man the military previously identified as Atta Mohammed. The man was not identified in court.

Prosecuting attorneys brought witnesses who said Miller threatened Mohammed’s life before shooting him in the head.

Miller was assigned to a Connecticut National Guard unit and attached to the 101st Airborne Division at the time of the shooting in Eastern Afghanistan.

Sentencing continues on Wednesday. Miller faces a maximum punishment of life in prison.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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