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Ex-GI to Face Trial in Bragg Shootings
Ex-GI to Face Trial in Bragg Shootings
March 06, 2009
Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- A military judge ruled Thursday that William Kreutzer, a former Army sergeant, is competent to stand trial on charges he killed an officer and injured 18 Soldiers after firing on them during early morning training on Fort Bragg in 1995.

The ruling was made by Col. Patrick Parrish, who heard arguments from defense lawyers and prosecutors during a pre-trial hearing Wednesday.

Kreutzer's defense team argued it would be unfair to allow him to stand trial because his mental illnesses could cause jurors to view him as remorseless.

Maj. Christopher Lange, a military psychiatrist who examined Kreutzer in September, diagnosed the former Soldier with a schizotypal personality disorder and a depressive disorder that could cause Kreutzer's facial expressions to remain flat, or bland, regardless of what he's feeling.

Lange said Kreutzer also tends to have slow thinking processes and slow speech as a result of the disorders.

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