CLARKSVILLE (AP) - A soldier accused of stealing a sheik's truck at gunpoint in Iraq only "commandeered" the vehicle because the platoon's Humvee broke down, his lawyer said.
Sgt. 1st Class James Williams, with Fort Campbell's 326th Engineer Battalion, is the focus of a military hearing to determine whether he should be court-martialed for the events in Mosul in April 2003.
He is accused of carjacking, dereliction of duty, letting his troops drink alcohol and allowing his platoon leader, 2nd Lt. Bradley Pavlik to carry personal firearms while in Iraq. Pavlik is also being investigated.
Maj. Gen. David H. Petraeus, the post's commanding officer, is expected to decide next week whether to proceed with a court martial.