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Parents could wait weeks for a verdict in Winder soldier's hearing

WINDER - The family of a Winder soldier accused of murdering an Iraqi civilian could wait weeks before learning whether their son will face a court-martial.

Spc. Christopher Phillip Shore, 25, is accused of shooting to death an unidentified man on June 23 near Kirkuk.

An Article 32 hearing to determine whether Shore will face a court-martial, the military equivalent of a civilian trial, ended Thursday, Army Spokeswoman Sgt. Katrina Nichols said.

Prosecutors argued the two scouts, from the Hawaii-based 3rd Brigade Combat Team, killed the man in his home during a search for men who had planted roadside bombs.

Shore testified Thursday that his superior officer, Sgt. 1st Class Trey Corrales, 34, of San Antonio, Texas, shot the man then ordered Shore to shoot him, too, the Associated Press reported. Shore said he turned his gun to the side and fired, deliberately missing the victim.

Maj. Gen. Benjamin Mixon will study evidence and recommendations made by the investigating officer who heard the case, then will decide whether a court-martial is warranted, Army spokesman SFC Tom Clementson said.

"This process can take days or weeks," Clementson said, adding that Corrales waived his right to an Article 32 hearing.

Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty in this case, Nichols said. Both men face a minimum of life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Meanwhile, Shore's mother, Debra Kessler of Winder, waits for news of her son's fate.

"I believe he is going to be cleared," Kessler said. "I am at peace. Now I want it to be over so he can go on with his life."

Shore is a graduate of Winder-Barrow High School and the father of two daughters ages 4 and 6. Before the incident, he was aiming to become an Army Ranger.