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FILE - In this Oct., 31, 2017 file photo, U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Joseph A. Felix, his wife, and his lawyers exit a courtroom after testimony at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Closing arguments could begin soon for a former Felix, a Marine Corps drill instructor facing court-martial on charges including cruelty and maltreatment. Prosecutors have spent more than a week at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina laying out the case against Felix. They returned to court Wednesday, Nov. 8. (Rory Laverty /The Washington Post/via AP, File)
November 08, 2017 - 3:55 PM

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - The Latest on the court martial of a Marine Corps drill instructor on charges including cruelty and maltreatment of recruits(all times local):

6:45 p.m.

A military jury will soon begin deciding the fate of a Marine Corps drill instructor who's accused of punching, choking and kicking recruits, especially three Muslim volunteers whom he derided as "terrorists."

The eight-man jury at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, starts deliberating Thursday whether Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix is guilty of maltreating three Muslim recruits. One of them committed suicide at the Parris Island, South Carolina, boot camp after Felix barked at and manhandled him.

His chief defence attorney said Wednesday prosecution witnesses gave contradictory accounts. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Bridges said the brawny drill instructor called all recruits "terrorist."

Prosecutor Lt. Col. John Norman called Felix a "bully" and said eyewitnesses testified to seeing Felix slug recruits in the face and hit others with a rifle, abusing recruits sometimes while drunk.

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4:40 p.m.

A military prosecutor says a Marine Corps drill instructor was a "bully" who punched, choked and kicked recruits, and focused his abuse on three Muslim volunteers whom he derided as "terrorists."

Lt. Col. John Norman said Wednesday in closing arguments that eyewitnesses testified to seeing gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix slug recruits in the face and hit others with a rifle, terrorizing recruits sometimes while drunk.

Felix did not testify in his defence. His attorneys were expected to present their summary of the case later Wednesday.

Felix is on trial at Camp LeJeune, charged with three counts of maltreatment toward three Muslim recruits. One of them committed suicide at the Parris Island, South Carolina, boot camp after Felix barked at and manhandled him.

A Marine investigation after the suicide led to charges against six drill instructors and the training battalion's former commanding officer.

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1:05 p.m.

Testimony has ended in the military trial of a Marine Corps drill instructor accused of punching, choking and kicking recruits, and particularly targeting Muslim trainees for abuse.

Closing arguments were expected Wednesday in the court martial of Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

He is charged with three counts of maltreatment toward three Muslim recruits. One of them committed suicide at the Parris Island, South Carolina, boot camp after Felix barked at and manhandled him.

Felix could face time in a military prison, financial penalties and a dishonourable discharge.

A Marine investigation after one of Felix's Muslim trainees committed suicide led to charges against six drill instructors and the training battalion's former commanding officer. Lt. Col. Joshua Kissoon is scheduled for court martial in March.

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11:30 a.m.

Closing arguments could begin soon for a former Marine Corps drill instructor facing court-martial on charges including cruelty and maltreatment.

Prosecutors have spent more than a week at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina laying out the case against Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix. They returned to court Wednesday.

Several witnesses testified that Felix punched, choked and kicked recruits at the Marine Corps' Parris Island, South Carolina, training centre and was especially cruel toward Muslims, calling them terrorists.

Investigators said that after a confrontation with Felix, 20-year-old recruit Raheel Siddiqui fell three stories to his death in a suicide.

Felix's lawyer says the stories were blown out of proportion and some contradict others.

The Marine Corps has said Felix's case is part of widespread hazing of recruits involving nearly two dozen people.

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