Soldier found not guilty in contractor death

October 1, 2011 5:43:29 PM PDT
Military officials say a court-martialed U.S. soldier has been found not guilty by reason of lack of mental responsibility in the killing of a civilian contractor in Iraq.

Pfc. Carl T. Stovall had pleaded not guilty in the March 2009 shooting of Hungarian laborer Tibor Bogdan near Camp Taji, just north of Baghdad. Bogdan was shot while digging a hole at the camp.

The shooting came less than a month into Stovall's third deployment to the Middle East.

He opted to be tried by a military judge at Fort Hood.

A statement issued by the military post on Saturday says the court ordered Stovall to receive a psychiatric/psychological evaluation before a post-trial hearing set for Nov. 10. Stovall faced a maximum sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

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