WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed April 27, 2005
Akbar Jury Reads His Diary
Fort Bragg, NC – Jurors who will sentence Fort Campbell soldier Sgt. hasan Akbar have been reading the convicted murderer's diary.
Jurors will hear from defense lawyers Wednesday at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The defense is trying to prevent Akbar from getting the death penalty for a grenade and rifle attack in Kuwait that killed two officers of the 101st Airborne Division and wounded 14 others soldiers.
It was the defense that sent the jurors home with a package of materials, including Akbar's diary, saying panel members would need at least three to four hours to read through it to prepare for Wednesday's testimony.
Akbar was convicted last week of premeditated murder and attempted premeditated murder in the attack on fellow soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division in the early days of the Iraq war.
Prosecutors said Akbar launched the attack because he was concerned about U. S. troops killing fellow Muslims in the war.