published Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Closings scheduled in Ga. soldier's murder trial

FORT STEWART, Ga. — Attorneys at Fort Stewart in Georgia are wrapping up their case in the court-martial of an Army sergeant charged with killing his squad leader and a fellow U.S. soldier at a patrol base in Iraq.

Sgt. Joseph Bozicevich (BOZ-eh-vich) could face the death penalty if a military jury convicts him of premeditated murder. Prosecutors and defense attorneys are scheduled to present closing arguments Tuesday morning before sending the case to the jury, which has heard testimony for more than a month.

Prosecutors say 41-year-old Bozicevich of Minneapolis fatally shot Staff Sgt. Darris Dawson of Pensacola, Fla., and Sgt. Wesley Durbin of Dallas after they critiqued him for poor performance in September 2008.

Bozicevich testified at the trial that he shot both men in self-defense after they threatened him with rifles.

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