The United States Justice Department announced yesterday (Friday, September 15, 2018) a White County, Tennessee man will face a third murder trial for supposedly killing civilians during the Iraq War in 2007.
Nicholas A. Slatten, age 34, of Sparta, is a former Army sniper who was a civilian security contractor in Iraq at the time of the incident. Slatten has been on trial twice on murder charges. After a federal appeals panel threw out guilty verdicts rendered by the jury in Slatten’s first trial. His second trial ended with a hung jury this month.
Jury selection for the third trial for Slatten will take place in late October. Judge Royce C. Lamberth scheduled opening statements in the trial for November 5, 2018.
Slatten is accused of firing the initial shots that set off machine gun fire and grenade explosions in stopped traffic at Nisour Square in Iraq, killing or injuring 31 civilians.