Marine pleads guilty to urinating on corpses
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A Marine pleaded guilty in a court-martial Wednesday to urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters and posing for photos with their corpses in one of a string of embarrassing episodes for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Edward W. Deptola pleaded guilty to the desecration of remains and posing for unofficial photographs with human casualties. He also admitted failing to properly supervise junior Marines.
Deptola and another Marine based at Camp LeJeune were charged last year after video surfaced showing four Marines in full combat gear urinating on the bodies of three dead Afghans in July 2011. In the video, one of the Marines looked down at the bodies and quipped, "Have a good day, buddy."
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