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Court-martial delayed for NC soldier

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) -- Army officials say a military judge has agreed to delay the court-martial of a North Carolina soldier accused in a series of rapes and break-ins.

The Fayetteville Observer reported court dockets indicated the court-martial of 23-year-old Aaron Pernell of Tulsa, Okla., had been scheduled to begin Sept. 27. Instead, a pretrial hearing is now scheduled for that day.

A spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division says Pernell's lawyers requested the delay from the judge, Col. Gary Brockington. The spokesman says Brockington also denied a request to move the trial to another military base.

A new date for Pernell's court-martial does not appear on Fort Bragg court dockets, which run through the beginning of December.
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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

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