Ga. soldier back in court on double homicide

Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 7:18 AM
Last updated 7:24 AM
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FORT STEWART, Ga. — A Georgia-based soldier is returning to a military courtroom where he faces charges that he killed two of his Army roommates and wounded another after an argument in Iraq last year.

A military judge at Fort Stewart was scheduled to hear motions Friday in the case of Spc. Neftaly Platero, who faces a possible life sentence if convicted of murder.

Prosecutors say 33-year-old Platero Kingwood Texas was deployed to Iraq last year when he gunned down Pfc. Gebrah Noonan of Watertown, Conn., and Spc. John Carrillo Jr. of Stockton, Calif. A third soldier was also shot and survived, but his identity has not been released.

Platero’s attorney, Guy Womack, says he’s innocent and should be cleared by forensic evidence. The soldier’s court-martial is scheduled to begin in February.

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