Three-judge panel issues split opinion and orders new trial for Nicholas Slatten, saying previous decision erred in not allowing him individual trial

A federal appeals court has overturned the first-degree murder conviction of a former Blackwater security contractor and ordered a new trial for the man who prosecutors said fired the first shots in the 2007 killing of 14 Iraqi civilians at a crowded traffic circle in Baghdad.

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