Jurors in the Virginia trial of two military contractors …
Updated: Friday, 24 Sep 2010, 8:28 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 23 Sep 2010, 6:04 AM EDT
NORFOLK, Va. (AP/WAVY) - Jury deliberations are underway in the trial against Justin Cannon and Christopher Drotleff. Both face up to life in prison if convicted of murder, assault and weapons charges in connection with the shooting deaths of two Afghan civilians last year.
The two former Blackwater contractors declined to testify at their federal murder trial in Norfolk Wednesday.
Cannon and Drotleff told investigators they feared for their safety when they opened fire on the unarmed Afghan civilians on May 5, 2009, in Kabul. The Virginian-Pilot reports that witnesses at their trial testified there was no threat that night.
Prosecutors allege that the men concocted the self-defense story to cover up that they were drinking alcohol that day and violated Blackwater policies by including taking vehicles and weapons without permission.
Stay with WAVY News 10 and WAVY.com for the latest on the trial.
Opinions that are derogatory, attack other users or are offensive in nature may be removed. WAVY is not responsible for the content posted in this comment section. We reserve the right to remove any offensive or off-topic remark or thread. To mark a comment for review by a moderator, click "Flag as inappropriate."