Prosecutors say former soldier's case belongs in civilian court

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say the rape and murder case against a former Fort Campbell soldier belongs in civilian court.

Prosecutors said in court filings that Steven D. Green was properly discharged from the military before being charged as a civilian with raping and killing an Iraqi girl and killing her family in 2006.

In 88 pages of motions, federal prosecutors also argued that the decision to seek the death penalty for Green is valid and that the case is supported by evidence.

Green, 22, of Midland, Texas, faces a possible death sentence if convicted on charges that included premeditated murder and aggravated sexual assault. He pleaded not guilty in November 2006.

Four other soldiers pleaded guilty or were convicted for their roles in targeting the girl from a checkpoint near Mahmoudiya, a village 20 miles south of Baghdad, and helping rape and kill her.

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