[WATCH!] NEW EFFORT TO FREE ARMY LIEUTENANT CONVICTED OF AFGHANS’ MURDER!

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Supporters of a former Army lieutenant sentenced to 20 years in Leavenworth for ordering his men to shoot three civilians in Afghanistan say he should be freed based on newly surfaced evidence showing the victims likely posed a threat after all.

Lt. Clint Lorance, 29, was convicted of murder in the 2012 incident, in which he ordered his platoon to shoot the men approaching a checkpoint on a motorcycle when they refused to stop. Two died, and military prosecutors at Lorance’s court martial said he acted recklessly in violation of the military’s rules of engagement, which requires soldiers to hold fire absent evidence of hostile action or hostile intent. But now, Lorance’s attorneys claim previously withheld evidence shows the men he ordered shot had ties to extremist groups.

“These significant failures strike at the very heart of American due process …”- Legal memo on behalf of Lt. Clint Lorance

“The Army has in its possession evidence linking Afghan military-aged males involved in this general court-martial to improvised explosive devices as well as IED attacks and terror networks in Afghanistan,” reads a memo from Lorance’s attorneys. “The government failed to disclose this information to the chain-of-command, counsel for the defense, and the court-martial. These significant failures strike at the very heart of American due process and show that the government violated its discovery and disclosure obligations…”

Lorance had been leading the 82nd Airborne Division platoon for less than a week following a battle injury to its previous commander when the incident occurred in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan. When the three men sped toward a checkpoint manned by his platoon, posing what Lorance said he believed to be an imminent threat, he ordered his men to open fire. One of the men, Pvt. David Shilo, testified at the court martial that his life was not in immediate danger when he was ordered to shoot.

Lorance became just the second Army officer charged with murder in a battlefield death in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and was convicted of two counts of murder and one of attempted murder.

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