01/13/2012 08:44 am ET Updated Mar 14, 2012

Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich's Squad Mate Says He Was In Charge Of Convoy

A former Marine - who was set to replace a staff sergeant now on trial in connection with the killings of civilians in Haditha, Iraq in 2005 - maintains that he was in charge of the military convoy that was hit by a roadside bomb, killing one Marine.

"I believe I was the convoy commander," Hector Salinas, a former sergeant, told a military jury Thursday.

Prosecutors believe the Marine's death triggered the events that resulted in the killings of 24 Iraqi citizens, including several children.

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