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Motions hearings conclude in Army sex charge trial

FORT BRAGG, NC (AP) — More hearings are planned next month for motions before the court martial of a U.S. Army general charged with sexual misconduct.

Officials had set aside three days for motions hearings this week involving prosecutors and defense attorneys for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair.

Sinclair faces court martial in June on charges that include forcible sodomy, indecent acts, violating orders and adultery. He has thus far deferred entering a plea.

On Monday, the judge refused a defense request to split the proceedings into two trials. Sinclair’s lawyers worried one jury hearing all the charges might end up prejudiced against Sinclair, but the judge ruled the jury of all generals were highly educated and likely to follow instructions.

More hearings are scheduled May 14-15.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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