A Navy corpsman testified Friday that Marines in his patrol seized an Iraqi civilian from his home, threw him into a hole and put at least 10 bullets in his head after growing frustrated in their search for an insurgent.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Melson J. Bacos said that he saw a Marine put fingerprints from the victim onto a rifle and on a shovel to implicate him as an insurgent.
"I was shocked and I felt sick to my stomach," Bacos said.
"I knew what we were doing was wrong," Bacos testified, speaking nearly in a whisper. "I tried to say something and then I decided to look away."
Bacos, 21, was the first of the servicemen to be court-martialed. The seven others could get up to life in prison.