breaking news

Several wounded in Finland stabbing; suspect shot in the leg

Court rejects appeal from convicted Army officer


The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an Army officer’s appeal of his conviction for killing an unarmed Iraqi prison detainee in 2008.

The justices let stand a divided decision by the military’s highest appeals court that upheld the conviction of 1st Lt. Michael Behenna for unpremeditated murder in a combat zone. Behenna is serving a 15-year prison sentence at a military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

There is no dispute that Behenna was supposed to take the man home, but instead took him to a secluded railroad culvert, stripped him naked and shot him twice after interrogating him at gunpoint about an April 2008 roadside bombing that killed two men under Behenna’s command.

Behenna says he acted in self-defense when the man reached for Behenna’s handgun. In a 3-2 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces said Behenna could not claim that he acted in self-defense because he was conducting an unauthorized interrogation at gunpoint.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Military

Springfield VA clinic outgrows location, plans $1M expansion project
Springfield VA clinic outgrows location, plans $1M expansion project

The Dayton VA Medical Center plans a nearly $1 million expansion for its Springfield outpatient clinic in order to offer more services. The health-care system announced Wednesday that it has outgrown its current space on Burnett Road. The Veterans Affairs office has solicited offers for a proposed new location. The project has health and economic benefits...
Groups clash over Wright-Patt invitation to ‘faith-based’ event
Groups clash over Wright-Patt invitation to ‘faith-based’ event

An advocacy group led by a high-profile lawyer has offered to back Wright-Patterson Air Force Base after a complaint was filed by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation over a base-wide email inviting employees to a simulcast of a “faith-based” leadership summit this week. The American Center for Law & Justice, a Washington, D.C.-based...
Russia spy plane flying out of Wright-Patt
Russia spy plane flying out of Wright-Patt

A Russian surveillance jet that landed at Wright-Patterson on Wednesday and reportedly created a buzz when the plane flew over Washington, D.C., will be at the Miami Valley base today as it flies missions over the United States, authorities say. The flights are perfectly legal under the Open Skies treaty and coordinated with U.S. authorities who were...
Defense experts divided on how to handle North Korea
Defense experts divided on how to handle North Korea

President Donald Trump has warned North Korea could face “fire and fury like the world has never seen” because of concerns the rogue nation may have the ability to launch nuclear-tipped missiles at the United States, but experts are divided on how best to deal with potential threat. Some argue additional economic sanctions and collective...
WWII Warbirds will rumble over Dayton: You can fly in one
WWII Warbirds will rumble over Dayton: You can fly in one

Three rumbling World War II-era bombers and a classic fighter plane on Wednesday will soar over the Miami Valley. A B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell and a two-seat P-51 Mustang, part of the “Wings of Freedom Tour,” are scheduled to land at Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport in Miami Twp. between 1:30 and 2 p.m. Wednesday...
More Stories