Maryland Soldier Charged With Beating An Iraqi Detainee

August 12, 2007

A soldier charged with beating an Iraqi detainee with a baseball bat, then attempting to cover it up, is scheduled for court-martial Sunday.

Sergeant First Class Timothy Drake's military trial is expected to last three days.

The 40-year-old is accused of striking a detainee in December 2003 at Forward Operating Base Mercury near Fallujah. Authorities say he hit the detainee in the abdomen, hip and head with a baseball bat.

The Maryland native also is charged with soliciting another soldier to strike a detainee. The charges do NOT specify whether the incidents refer to one detainee or more.

The trial for the 23-year military veteran was originally scheduled for July. Hale said the continuance was requested by defense attorneys for Drake, who remains stationed at Fort Lee.

Army officials say Drake could face more than 21 years in prison, a reduction in rank, a dishonorable discharge and total forfeiture of pay and allowance if convicted.

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