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No verdict yet in soldier murder case

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A military jury deliberated for about eight hours Wednesday without reaching a verdict in the murder trial of a New York Army National Guard soldier, who stands accused of the bombing deaths of two superior officers on a U.S. military base in Iraq.

Jurors deciding the fate of Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez at Fort Bragg at one point asked the judge for transcripts of a witness’ testimony. The 14 jurors couldn’t reach a decision but were scheduled to resume deliberations today. Martinez, 41, of Troy, N.Y., could face the death penalty if convicted in the deaths of Capt. Phillip Esposito of Suffern, N.Y., and 1st Lt. Louis Allen of Milford, Pa. All three were members of the 42nd Infantry Division.

Both were killed when an anti-personnel mine detonated in a window of their room at Saddam Hussein’s Water Palace in 2005.

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