Appeal by soldier convicted of murder to be heard

FORT BRAGG - The soldier convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of two soldiers in Kuwait will get to appeal the verdict in a military court this fall.

The Fayetteville Observer reports the appeal by 43-year-old Hasan Akbar is scheduled for Nov. 18, will be in Washington at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Akbar was sentenced at Fort Bragg in 2005 after he was found guilty of the March 2003 murders of Army Capt. Christopher Seifert and Air Force Maj. Gregory Stone during a grenade attack in the opening days of the Iraq invasion. Fourteen other soldiers were injured.

Akbar's lawyers argued that he was mentally ill and was not fit to serve in the Army. Prosecutors described him as "a hate-filled, ideologically driven murderer."

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