"I will never speak to this man again for the rest of my life," Jones said. "I don't see why he didn't tell me, as the highest-ranking man in that room, that he had evidence."
The trial, expected to last several days, comes near the end of Jones's military career. He is due to leave the Army within a few months. "When I do," he said, "I want to feel like enough information got out there to get higher-ranking officers investigated.
After Kenneth Davis, left, Robert Jones and Hydrue Joiner arrived in Texas for the trial, they began "talking, reminiscing," Davis says. "It felt really good."
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"This part of my life is over. But I'll always be proud I went."
Joyner, 32, is a strapping man from Smithfield, N.C., with a wide smile and a flair for barbecuing. Hugging Davis in the lobby of the motel, he couldn't help thinking that their reunion should have come "over a grill."
During a preliminary court hearing for Pfc. Lynndie R. England in August, Joyner testified that he had tried to alleviate prisoners' misery. He said he often gave clothing to detainees stripped during interrogations and took it on himself to find soap and disinfectant for them.
"As soldiers, as human beings, we were put into a situation that I don't believe the Army was prepared for," he said yesterday. "But there are some things you just don't do."
Joyner received an Army commendation last year for rescuing a 3-year-old girl from a burning house in Iraq. Since the scandal, he said, "you don't hear stories like that about us. We're the world's most notorious company.
"I assume I'm here for the prosecution. But at this point I really don't care," he said. "I just hope it comes to a point where it's a memory. A bad memory, but just a memory."