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Marine Corps to retry sergeant in Iraq war case

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SAN DIEGO — The Marine Corps announced Monday that it will retry a sergeant from Massachusetts whose murder conviction in a major Iraq war crime case has been overturned twice by military courts in recent years.

Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Kloppel, a Marine spokesman, said the corps had determined that the seriousness of the crime warranted a retrial of the case of Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III of Plymouth.

Hutchins led an eight-man squad accused of kidnapping a retired Iraqi police officer and killing him in the village of Hamdania in 2006. He will be arraigned Wednesday, Kloppel said.

Hutchins expressed disbelief Monday after learning of the decision. ‘‘There is nothing that I want more than for this whole situation to be over,’’ he said.

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