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Jury Selection Begins in US Army Trial


Sgt. Hasan Akbar, center, is led from Judge Advocate Building at Fort Bragg
Jury selection has begun in the trial of a U.S. Army sergeant accused of killing two fellow soldiers in a grenade attack in the early days of the Iraq war.

Twelve enlisted soldiers and officers will be picked to serve on the jury in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Prosecutors say Sergeant Hasan Akbar rolled grenades into several soldiers' tents at Kuwait's Camp Pennsylvania in March 2003.

If convicted on all murder and attempted murder charges, Sergeant Akbar could face the death penalty. There has not been a U.S. military execution in more than 40 years.

Last week, a military doctor found the sergeant was competent to stand trial.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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