Jury begins deliberations in trial of Capt. Robert Semrau

Soldier is accused of killing a wounded insurgent

A four-member military panel has begun deliberations in the case of Capt. Robert Semrau, a 36-year-old soldier charged with second-degree murder in the battlefield shooting death of an injured Taliban fighter. Semrau never testified and his lawyer presented no evidence over the span of the four month trial. Military Judge Lt.-Col. Jean-Guy Perron took more than four hours to deliver his final instructions, reports the Winnipeg Free Press. Perron told the jurors that Semrau is to be presumed innocent, and that the prosecution bears the burden of proving his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Winnipeg Free Press