Rape, Murder Case of Ex-soldier Delayed a Week

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) -- A teleconference to set a trial date for a former Fort Campbell soldier charged with raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing her and her family has been postponed.

The trial of 22-year-old Steven Green of Midland, Texas, was set to be scheduled during the call yesterday, but attorneys canceled because of a scheduling conflict.

The next hearing will be Tuesday in Louisville.

Green is charged with rape and murder in the deaths of Abeer Qassim al-Janabi (ah-BEER' KA'-sim al-ja-NAH'-bee) and three others in her family. He faces a possible death sentence if convicted.

The former private in the Fort Campbell-based 101st Airborne Division has pleaded not guilty. Four others who served with Green have been convicted in the March 2006 attack.

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