SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - An Army sergeant facing murder charges is asking a second military appeals court to halt his court-martial at Fort Stewart until he's appointed a lawyer with experience trying death penalty cases.
Sgt. Joseph Bozicevich of Minneapolis is scheduled to stand trial April 18. He's charged with fatally shooting two members of his infantry unit - Staff Sgt. Darris Dawson and Sgt. Wesley Durbin - at a patrol base in Iraq in 2008.
Defense lawyers filed motions Friday asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces to halt the trial and order that Bozicevich be appointed an attorney with capital experience. An Army appeals court denied the request last week.
The trial judge has ruled that Bozicevich has an adequate defense team with three attorneys and government-funded experts.