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OKLAHOMA CITY — U.S. government attorneys have been given additional time to respond to a request by a convicted Oklahoma soldier that the U.S. Supreme Court hear his appeal.
1st Lt. Michael Behenna of Edmond was convicted in 2009 of unpremeditated murder for killing an unarmed Iraqi man. He’s serving a 15-year prison sentence.
Behenna said he shot the man when he lunged for Behenna’s gun. The Army argues that Behenna could not claim self-defense because he was pointing his weapon at the prisoner at the time.
The government initially waived its right to respond to Behenna’s appeal — but the court in January called for a response by Feb. 27. The court later agreed to delay the deadline until March 29 and now has extended the deadline until April 29.