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Soldier faces murder charges in Iraq base deaths

SEATTLE — The Army says murder charges have been filed against a Washington-based sergeant accused of killing five other soldiers in May 2009 at a mental health clinic in Iraq.

The charges against Sgt. John Russell were listed in a statement Friday from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He faces five charges of premeditated murder, one of aggravated assault and one of attempted murder.

If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

The charges result from an investigation into the shooting at the Camp Liberty Combat Stress Center near Baghdad.

No date for the court-martial has been set. Russell is being held at the base about 40 miles south of Seattle.