Govt says it may seek new charge against Blackwater defendant following dismissal

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says it might seek new criminal charges against one of four former Blackwater security guards in the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens at a traffic circle in Baghdad in 2007.

On Wednesday, a federal judge dismissed an indictment against defendant Nicholas Slatten after a federal appeals court said the statute of limitations had lapsed before the government filed the case against Slatten last October.

Slatten had been charged with manslaughter, attempted manslaughter and using a firearm in a crime of violence.

The government says it might seek to bring new charges against Slatten that could become part of a scheduled June 11 trial of the other three Blackwater guards in the case.

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