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Appeal for soldier convicted in '03 grenade attack

Appeal for soldier convicted in '03 grenade attack
Posted Thursday, August 28th 2014 @ 3pm  by News Center

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ A soldier sentenced to death for killing two fellow service members and wounding 14 others in a grenade attack in Kuwait will have an appeal in military court.

The hearing for 43-year-old Hasan K. Akbar is scheduled for Nov. 18 in Washington.

Prosecutors say that as a sergeant in 2003, Akbar threw four hand grenades into tents as members of his division slept, then fired his rifle at soldiers in the ensuing chaos. Air Force Maj. Gregory L. Stone was killed by a grenade. Army Capt. Christopher S. Seifert was fatally shot in the back. Fourteen soldiers were wounded, mostly from grenade shrapnel.

Akbar was sentenced to death in 2005. His appeal challenges his trial counsel's performance.

Akbar was based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He's being held in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

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