A former member of Lt. Calley's platoon in Vietnam has testified against him in the?
A former member of Lt. Calley's platoon in Vietnam has testified against him in the court martial at Fort Benning, Georgia. Lt. Calley is accused of murdering 102 men, women and children at My Lai on March the 16th, 1968.
Twenty-three-year old Dennis Conti told the court martial he saw Lt. Calley and two other soldiers shoot groups of Vietnamese villagers at My Lai.
Conti said he rejected Lt. Calley's order to join in the shooting.
He said he saw Calley and former Private Paul Meadlo shoot 30 and 40 civilians on a trial. He said he later saw Calley and Sergeant David Mitchell - already acquitted of charges arising from My Lai - kill another group of civilians in a ditch.
The former Private is the second witness to testify that he saw Calley kill helpless civilians.
Meadlo has been called to give evidence but refused on the grounds he might incriminate himself.
The defence cross-examined Conti for three hours, questioning him about his sexual habits and asking him about his relationship with Calley. Conti denied he hated Calley, saying he didn't like him and he didn't dislike him.