Regional
11:55 am
Mon April 25, 2005

Akbar Sentencing Underway

Fort Bragg, NC – The judge in the Sgt. Hasan Akbar court-martial says he won't admit evidence of a fight that Akbar had last month with an MP in the restroom at Fort bragg's legal building.
Prosecutors had asked that they be allowed to introduce evidence on the March 30th fight to show a pattern of behavior. The prosecutors wanted to use it during the sentencing phase where a jury will decide whether to sentence Akbar to death or life in prison.
Judge Stephen Henley said he didn't think what he called an "opportunistic stabbing" two years after the attack inside the Army camp in Kuwait showed a pattern.
Akbar took a sharp item from an office where he was meeting with lawyers and attacked the MP who was assigned to escort him to the men's room.
Akbar, a member of the 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell, was convicted last week of premeditated murder and attempted premeditated murder.