Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Members Begin Deliberation in Capital Case

The members in the capital court-martial for SGT Joseph Bozicevich are now deliberating on findings in the case.  They must determine whether Bozicevich's shooting of 2 fellow soldiers in Iraq nearly 3 years ago was self-defense or premeditated murder.  The Miami Herald article doesn't mention whether the members were instructed on any lesser-included offenses that might have been reasonably raised by the evidence, although I would imagine the defense would welcome any LIOs available, as an LIO would put the death penalty out of reach on sentencing.