Deliberations in Semrau court martial stretch into third day
Capt. Robert Semrau, who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the 2008 death of a wounded Afghan insurgent, takes a break during his military trail in Gatineau, Que. on Saturday, July 17, 2010. (Patrick Doyle / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, July 18, 2010 6:30PM EDT
GATINEAU, Que. - Deliberations on the fate of a Canadian Forces captain charged in a battlefield death in Afghanistan are dragging on into a third day.
A military jury began its deliberations on Saturday afternoon in the case of 36-year-old Capt. Robert Semrau, and met again all day Sunday.
But a question from the four-member panel about evidence kept lawyers arguing for hours, preventing a verdict on the weekend.
Deliberations will resume again on Monday morning.
Semrau is accused of firing two rounds from his rifle into a dying Taliban fighter in Helmand province in October 2008.
The trial has heard that Semrau told fellow officers after the shooting that he simply wanted to put a wounded and dying enemy fighter out of his misery.
Semrau never testified during his four month trial, and his lawyer presented no evidence.
He is charged with four different offences, including second-degree murder, which carries a mandatory life sentence, with no chance of parole for 10 years.