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Trial of four in Iraqi deaths begins

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WASHINGTON — Four former Blackwater Worldwide security guards went on trial Wednesday in the killings of 14 Iraqis and the wounding of at least 18 others.

Over the next few days, a jury of 12 Washington residents will be chosen from a pool of 111 people to decide the guards’ fate. The trial is expected to last months.

The judge overseeing the trial, Royce Lamberth, has been a US district judge for over 25 years and he has a military background. He served as a captain in the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1968 to 1974, including three years at the Pentagon.

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