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Following receipt of the email, one of the prosecutors revealed its contents to the court. Despite the revelation, the judge refused defense requests for a mistrial.
Behenna, an Army Ranger, now is imprisoned at Fort Leavenworth. The shooting happened after Mansur was questioned about terror activities, and then officers told Behenna to return Mansur to his home. On the way there, Behenna conducted another interrogation and shot Mansur when he lunged at Behenna. The suspect had been seated and Behenna standing nearby when Mansur apparently jumped up and lunged at Behenna, according to testimony.
Behenna's supporters have released a music video in support of the soldier. It was recorded by the Chad Evan Todd band. To view the music video, please follow this link.
The Behennas also said they simultaneously were requesting a presidential pardon as a resolution to the case.
"Michael's case should not be a political football and we feel strongly that liberals and conservatives should support a soldier who is incarcerated for defending himself in a war zone. We ask each of you write to both President Obama and presidential candidate Mitt Romney … and request that they look into Michael's case and consider giving him the homecoming he never received," they wrote.