During the first day of testimony, the prosecution called LCpl Humberto Mendoza to the witness stand. LCpl Mendoza testified that he never saw SSgt Wuterich kill any Iraqis inside either of the two home, that 19 November 2005, in the town of Haditha, Iraq. LCpl Mendoza finished his testimony by stating “I think he’s a great Marine, sir,” after questioned about his opinion of SSgt Wuterich.
This began the Government’s presentation of evidence against Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich in his Article 32 investigation into 18 charges of murder arising from his actions in Haditha. The investigation is being conducted by LtCol Paul Ware who has the responsibility of investigating the facts underlying these charges and making a recommendation as to which, if any, of the charges will be sent to a court-martial.
In addition to eyewitness testimony it is anticipated that footage from an unmanned aircraft will be introduced.
“Aerial footage from an unmanned drone in the minutes after the bomb blast shows several bodies clustered close to a car. The tape obtained Thursday by The Associated Press also shows Marines engaged in several other gun fights in the city that day.”
The video is available here.