Cpl Marshall Magincalda was on trial after he and 3 other marines seized the neighbor of a suspected insurgent. Hashim Ibrahim Awad was driven from his home near Baghdad and shot 3 times in the head by the squad leader and 7 times by another squaddie.
A rifle and a shovel were placed beside Hashim's body to make it look as if he were an insurgent who was planting a roadside bomb. The squad leader, Lawrence G Hutchins III, was found guilty of unpremeditated murder.
Magincalda was found not guilty of premeditated murder and kidnapping, but was found guilty of conspiracy to murder, theft, and housebreaking. By being found not guilty of murder Magincalda has avoided a life sentence in jail.