The murder trial of 1st Lt. William L. Calley on charges of the mass execution?
The murder trial of 1st Lt. William L. Calley on charges of the mass execution of unarmed South Vietnamese civilians during the so-called My Lai massacre entered its climactic phase Tuesday (10 FEB) with the resumption of the court martial of the 27-year old officer.
Calley is expected to take the stand before the end of the week. But the first move of the defense was to attempt to place before the jury of six officers the testimony of civilian psychiatrists.
It was testimony on Call ey's mental responsibility that brought the trial to a halt four weeks ago. With the jury absent, the judge heard testimony that Calley had a compulsion to obey his company commander because of a so-called father image he had of him.
The judge then recessed the Trial, already more than two months old, for four weeks to give the prosecution time to explore Calley's mental state by its own psychiatrists.