A military appeals court has overturned the murder conviction of Marine from Plymouth accused of leading a squad that kidnapped an Iraqi man and shot him to death in 2006.
His mother, Kathi, spoke with WATD’s Katherine Perry, and said the family wants to thank the South Shore and military community that stood beside them.
The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces says Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III’s constitutional rights were violated when he was held in solitary confinement without access to a lawyer for seven days during his interrogation in Iraq.
Hutchins served about half of an 11-year prison sentence.
Hutchins led an eight-man squad accused of kidnapping a retired Iraqi policeman from his home in April 2006, marching him to a ditch and shooting him to death in Hamdania.
The squad’s other members served less than 18 months.
This is the second time Hutchins’ conviction has been overturned; he was freed in 2010 for 8 months before the military’s highest court subsequently reinstated the conviction.
The decision is seen as a major blow to the military’s prosecution of Iraqi war crimes