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Soldiers Charged In Killings Had PTSD: Lawyer

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CORRECTS DATE TO DEC. 12, NOT 13 - U.S. Army Sgt. Anthony Peden, 25, left, and Pvt. Isaac Aguigui, 19 are led away in handcuffs after appearing before a magistrate judge at the Long County Sheriffs Office Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 in Ludowici, Ga. Four Fort Stewart soldiers have been denied bond on charges connected to the killings of a former serviceman and a teenager in Long County. Two fishermen found the bodies of 20-year-old Michael Roark and 17-year-old Tiffany York on Dec. 6, the day after i | ASSOCIATED PRESS

LUDOWICI, Ga. (AP) — The defense attorney for an Army sergeant charged in a double slaying outside Fort Stewart says the soldier suffers from brain injuries and post-traumatic stress after serving in combat in Afghanistan.

The attorney for Sgt. Anthony Peden told a Superior Court judge Friday the soldier's undergone psychological evaluations in preparation for his defense. Peden and a fellow soldier, Pvt. Christopher Salmon, face possible death sentences if they're convicted of the Dec. 4, 2011, killings of Michael Roark and Tiffany York.

Prosecutors say the soldiers belonged to an anti-government militia group and killed the couple to protect its plans.

The soldier accused of leading the group, Pvt. Isaac Aguigui (ah-GEE-gee), pleaded guilty to murder charges July 19 and named Peden and Salmon as the shooters.

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