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Marine arraigned in Iraq slaying retrial

Updated Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 | 3:49 p.m.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Marine sergeant who is being retried in an Iraq war crimes case has been arraigned on charges that include murder and obstruction of justice.

U-T San Diego says (http://bit.ly/1jhpmBI ) Lawrence Hutchins III didn't enter a plea Thursday at Camp Pendleton in California. His motions asking for a new judge and defense attorney are still being considered.

Hutchins says the defense lawyer assigned to him has been a judge in the past who ruled against him.

Hutchins in the 2006 killing of a retired Iraqi policeman in the village of Hamdania (hahm-dah-NEE'-ah).

A retrial was ordered after the military's highest court overturned the 29-year-old's murder conviction last summer. That court ruled his rights were violated by interrogators in 2006.

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Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com