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Two Marines accused of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy in connection with the April shooting death of an Iraqi civilian in Hamdaniya, Iraq, are set to be arraigned tomorrow, according to a press release issued by the Marine Corps.

Pfc. John Jodka III and Cpl. Marshall L. Magincalda are expected to plead not guilty to those and other charges before Col. Steven Folsom, a military judge.

Prosecutors allege that Jodka and Magincalda, along with four other Marines and a Navy medic, abducted Hashim Ibrahim Awad from his home, bound his hands and feet, shot him to death and used a stolen shovel and rifle to make it appear as if Awad had been planting a roadside bomb.

Magincalda and Shumate also face larceny charges, while Magincalda is charged with making a false official statement and Jodka is also charged with assault.

Five of the accused troops are currently awaiting Article 32 preliminary hearings, the equivalent of a civilian grand jury proceeding, to determine if the charges against them should stand.

DANIEL STRUMPF

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