HANAU, Germany-- A U.S. Army tank company commander from Chicago accused of murdering a man in Iraq fatally shot him out of pity at his injuries, a witness testified Wednesday at hearings to determine whether he should face a court-martial.I know it seems like "outrage Tuesday", and that most who visit here are fresh out of outrage. But this stuff just keeps popping up today. And up. And up.
...On Wednesday, military prosecutors presented statements made to investigators by a subordinate, 1st Lt. Colin Cremin, who said Maynulet told him that 'they pulled out the driver' and that part of his skull had been blown away.
'Nothing could be done for him and at that point Capt. Maynulet told you he stepped back and shot him in the base of the neck or back of the head,' said prosecutor Capt. Daniel Sennott, quoting Cremin's earlier statement.
Cremin confirmed the statement. At another point, he described the act as a mercy killing.
'It was something he didn't want to do, but it was the compassionate response. It was definitely the human response,' Cremin said.
Memo to BushCo: We've lost this war. Can we please, please go home now?