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U.S. Navy SEAL Acquitted of Murder in Killing of Captive in Iraq

Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher.

Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher.

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San Diego (AP) -- The same military jurors who acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017 will return to court Wednesday to decide whether he should serve any jail time for the single charge he was convicted of: posing with the 17-year-old militant's corpse.

The final step comes after the verdict Tuesday was met with an outpouring of emotion as the jury also cleared Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher of attempted murder in the shootings of two civilians and all other charges.