Two soldiers face courts-martial over the alleged drowning of an Iraqi civilian forced to jump off a bridge.
1st Lt. Jack Saville and Sgt. 1st Class Tracy Perkins will be tried in a military court on charges of manslaughter, assault, conspiracy, making false official statements and obstruction of justice.
Saville and Perkins, both based at Fort Carson, would face 51/2 years to 261/2 years in prison if convicted. No dates have been set for the courts-martial, ordered Friday by Major Gen. James D. Thurman, the commanding officer.
Capt. Robert Ayers, who presided over Perkins's hearings on the charges, recommended that the manslaughter charge be dropped because there was no proof the Iraqi drowned. Ayers recommended the other charges go to court-martial.
The Army and family members of Zaidoun Hassoun, 19, contend Hassoun drowned Jan. 3 near Samarra when he and his cousin were forced to jump in a river. The soldiers maintain that both Iraqis, who were stopped for breaking curfew, made it safely to shore.
Defense lawyers have disputed that Hassoun was killed. They said investigators bungled the case by not doing an autopsy.
Investigators admitted they never saw the body, saying they relied on the word of relatives and a videotape made by the man's family that shows a corpse in a coffin.
Two other soldiers facing charges in the case were given "nonjudicial" punishment, the Army's out-of-court disciplinary system. Both were reportedly demoted one rank.