(AP) In a tale of death and destruction, a federal prosecutor has chronicled for a jury the alleged conduct of four Blackwater security guards accused of killing 14 Iraqis and wounding 18 others in downtown Baghdad nearly seven years ago.
In opening statements Tuesday at the trial of the four guards, Assistant U.S. Attorney T. Patrick Martin said the victims were simply trying to get out of the way of gunfire from the Blackwater guards.
Martin said that as soon as the guards got back to base, they started to lie about insurgents being in the area.
One of the guards is accused of first-degree murder. The other three are on trial for voluntary manslaughter, attempted manslaughter and gun charges.
The have guards pleaded not guilty to all charges.