(CN) – The Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals on Thursday overturned the conviction of a marine accused of shooting an Iraqi insurgent in 2006.
The Washington, D.C.-based court ruled 8-1 that former Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins didn’t get a fair trial because one of his lead attorneys left active duty and the case that was before the court martial, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Hutchins was accused of running a plan to kidnap and kill a suspected insurgent then claim he died in a gun battle as a threat to stop insurgents from planting roadside bombs.
Hutchins was convicted in 2007.
The Marine Corps has 30 days to appeal.