No trial for Chessani, BOI pending.

L.A. NowMarines will not seek to reinstate charges against top officer in Haditha killings

August 28, 2009 |  1:11 pm

The Marine Corps has decided not to seek to reinstate criminal charges against a former battalion commander at Camp Pendleton for a 2005 incident in which his troops killed 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq.

Chessani Instead, the Marine Corps will convene a Board of Inquiry to hear testimony and recommend whether Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani should be demoted to major for purposes of retirement.

Even if such a recommendation is made and then accepted by the Secretary of the Navy, Chessani's retirement pay would still be based on being a lieutenant colonel.

Photo: Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani  Credit: Associated Press

Here’s a piece from the North County Times.

MILITARY: No criminal charges in Haditha deaths for Marine officer (hat tip CAAFLog).

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