Crime

Nov 30, 2010 6:08 PM by Greg Boyce

Ft. Carson soldier accused of killing prisoner

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A fellow soldier of an Army private accused of shooting and killing a Taliban leader says he feared the private would kill the prisoner and maybe even himself.

The testimony came during a court hearing at Tuesday Fort Carson to determine whether there is enough evidence to try Pfc. David Lawrence in the Oct. 17 slaying.  Lawrence's lawyer says the Indiana native is taking medication for schizophrenia and isn't mentally fit to stand trial. Two soldiers who guarded Lawrence after his arrest in Afghanistan testified that Lawrence told them he and his lawyer might "play the crazy card."

Lawrence appeared to repeatedly nod off during the hearing. At one point, he stood up and started to walk away before an officer pulled him back.

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