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Court Cases Against Two Ft. Campbell Soldiers Move Forward

WMOT News has learned today that court cases will move ahead against two Ft. Campbell soldiers.

Within the past hour, Ft. Campbell announced in a press release that the Army will court martial Sgt. Brent Burke for the murder of two Kentucky women in 2007. A trial date for early February has been set.

Burke faces court martial for the  slayings of his estranged wife and her former mother-in-law. Efforts to try Burke, a military policeman at Fort Campbell, in a Kentucky civilian court for the shooting deaths ended in two hung juries and two mistrials.

And yesterday, an AWOL soldier accused of plotting a bombing at Ft. Hood Texas was indicted on a charge of trying to use a weapon of mass destruction.

It's part of a six-count federal grand jury indictment returned against Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo. He faces up to life in federal prison if convicted.

Investigators say that when Abdo was arrested he was preparing to bomb soldiers in restaurants near the Texas Army post this summer.