WINDER - A Winder soldier charged in the murder of a detainee in Iraq was directed by his superior officer to shoot the man, according to information released by the Army on Friday.
U.S. Army Specialist Christopher P. Shore, no age given, of Winder, and Sergeant First Class Trey A. Corrales, 34, of San Antonio, Texas, were charged with premeditated murder July 18 and 17, respectively, in the June 23 shooting death of a detainee, according to Army charge reports. The detainee is described as a man "whose name is unknown, of apparent Middle Eastern descent."
The shooting took place near Al Saheed, Kirkuk, Iraq, about 155 miles north of Baghdad.
Shore and Corrales are two of five soldiers in the 25th Infantry Division accused of murdering Iraqis in separate incidents since April, according to the Army Times.
The battalion commander, Lt. Col. Michael Browder, was relieved of his command July 3 for leadership failure. Browder is not a suspect and has not been charged with any offense, according to a statement released last week.
The soldiers are accused of violating Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which carries a maximum penalty of death, according to charge sheets e-mailed to the Gwinnett Daily Post from Army Lt. Col. Michael Donnelly.
Charge sheets allege that:
"In that Specialist Christopher P. Shore, U. S. Army, did, or at near Al Saheed, Kirkuk, Iraq, on or about 23 June, 2007, with premeditation, murder a male detainee of apparent Middle Eastern descent, whose name is unknown, by means of shooting him with a rifle multiple times.
"In that Sergeant First Class Trey Albert Corrales, U.S. Army, did, or at near Al Saheed, Kirkuk, Iraq, on or about 23 June, 2007, with premeditation, murder a male detainee of apparent Middle Eastern descent, whose name is unknown, by means of shooting him with a rifle multiple times and by directing his subordinate, Christopher P. Shore, to then shoot the detainee."
The charges stem from reports made by fellow soldiers against Shore and Corrales, according to the Army Times.
Corrales and Shore are scouts, according to the Army Times. Their unit arrived in Iraq in July or August 2006. The soldiers are assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, which is part of the 25th Infantry Division based in Hawaii. The unit is attached to Multinational Division - North.
Shore's mother, Debra Kessler of Winder, did not return calls for comment.