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Blackwater murder trial set to open

Blackwater murder trial set to open 13 Sep 2010 Two former Blackwater security employees mercenaries facing trial for killing two Afghan civilians in Kabul say they readily admit they opened fire on them in May 2009. In a trial set to begin Tuesday, a jury will have to determine if the former firearms instructors fired in self-defense or in violation of the law, firing intentionally "with extreme disregard for human life," The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported. Christopher Drotleff, 29, of Virginia Beach and Justin Cannon, 28, of Corpus Christi, Texas, are charged with murder in the shooting deaths of two Afghan nationals in the capital of Kabul.