Lesser charges urged in death of Iraq

Fort Carson, Colorado May 11, 2005
The Denver Post
By Arthur Kane, Denver Post Staff Writer

A May report obtained by The Post recommends that one GI be given immunity to testify against two others in the case.

A hearing officer has recommended a reduction in charges for one Fort Carson soldier accused of murder in the 2003 death of an Iraqi general and the dismissal of all charges against another in the case. Capt. Robert Ayers recommended that Chief Warrant Officer Jefferson Williams face involuntary manslaughter and assault counts instead of murder charges.

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Williams’ attorney, William Cassara, said that in his view, all charges should have been dropped, but that the lesser charges are better than murder. “We are hopeful that, at a minimum, (commanders) will abide by the recommendation,” Cassara said.

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