On September 16th, 2007, Paul Slough, Dustin Heard, Nick Slatten and Evan Liberty set out with 15 of their Blackwater teammates as part of Tactical Support Team Raven 23, to secure a busy square in Baghdad's Red Zone. Blackwater, under contract with the U.S. Department of State, was responsible for diplomatic security in the country of Iraq.
The Incident ›
Directly after the event the Iraqi Police flooded the scene, reportedly performing an investigation, but according to an Iraqi witness, also removing "pillow case sized bags" of bullet casings. According to the FBI, no such bags were ever received. It was not, and is still not, uncommon for the insurgents to quickly remove any weapons, shell casings
The Investigation ›
In order to get a conviction on the charges, one should normally have to prove without a reasonable doubt that the defendant did in fact kill or injure the victim, the victim exists, and that the defendant could not have been acting in self defense. The evidence more than creates reasonable doubt. However, this is where legal gymnastics come into play.
The Trial ›
Anyone visiting this website should know that each of the four defendants in this case unequivocally maintains his innocence, and although multiple plea deals have been offered, none have ever been given consideration.