- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A prosecutor is urging a federal jury to convict four former Blackwater guards in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqis.

In closing arguments at the trial which began in June, prosecutor Anthony Asuncion said the four guards unleashed a hail of gunfire that left bloody, bullet-riddled corpses at Nisoor Square seven years ago in downtown Baghdad.

Asuncion told the 12 jurors that the defendants took something that didn’t belong to them - the lives of human beings and the health of others who were wounded and who are still suffering from their wounds.

One defendant, Nicholas Slatten, faces a first-degree murder charge. Defendants Paul Slough, Dustin Heard and Evan Liberty are charged with voluntary manslaughter, attempted manslaughter and gun charges.

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