US soldier found guilty of killing Afghan civilian

July 28, 2011 03:58

NASHVILLE - A US National Guardsman who shot an Afghan electrician in the head at close range last year was found guilty of premeditated murder on Wednesday in his court-martial at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Sgt. Derrick Miller will be sentenced in the near future, post spokesman Bob Jenkins said.

Prosecutors had argued that Miller shot and killed Atta Mohammed in September in Masamute Bala, Afghanistan, with a Beretta pistol. They said Miller took another soldier's weapon, straddled the man on the ground and then shot him.

Miller's attorney, Charles Gittins, had argued that Miller shot the Afghan civilian in self-defense and entered a plea of not guilty, saying his client had perceived the man a threat.

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