Prosecution resumes case in 2009 Iraq shooting

By the Associated Press | August 9, 2011 | 3:15 AM EDT

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — Army prosecutors begin a second day of their case against a soldier charged with the shooting deaths in 2009 of five service members at a combat stress clinic in Iraq.

Sgt. John Russell is charged with five counts of premeditated murder, two counts of attempted premeditated murder and one count of assault. A military judge is hearing the case on Tuesday at Fort Leavenworth where Russell is being held.

The process, which began with three witnesses Monday, is similar to a civilian grand jury.

Russell is alleged to have stolen a rifle and vehicle on May 11, 2009, and driven to a combat stress clinic near Baghdad where he opened fire. His unit had reported that he was suicidal earlier in the day and needed psychiatric treatment.