Lead prosecutor resigns in case against US Army general on sexual assault charges

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By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The lead military prosecutor in the case against a U.S. Army general facing sexual assault charges has resigned, two weeks before a court martial is set to begin.

Fort Bragg spokesman Benjamin Able said Lt. Col. William Helixon was removed from the case last week for "personal reasons." Base officials would provide no further explanation or comment on how that might impact the trial scheduled to start March 3.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair has pleaded not guilty to eight counts, including forcible sodomy, indecent acts and conduct unbecoming an officer. Sinclair faces life in prison if convicted.

Helixon's departure comes after a hearing where he appeared visibly frustrated with testimony from the female captain who is Sinclair's primary accuser. Defense lawyers say the woman perjured herself on the stand.

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