Accused teen terrorist Omar Khadr's Guantanamo murder trial will resume Oct. 18, more than two months after the Canadian captive's lone defense attorney collapsed in court.
Judge Patrick Parrish set the date on Tuesday, said Bryan Broyles, the Pentagon chief defense counsel for the war crimes court, called military commissions.
By then Khadr, captured near dead at 15 in a firefight in Afghanistan, will have passed his 24th birthday at Guantanamo.
The Toronto-born son of a slain Muslim fundamentalist, Khadr is accused of conspiring with al Qaida and terror murder. U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer died of shrapnel wounds from the July 27, 2002, Special Forces assault on a suspected al Qaeda compound, near Khost, Afghanistan. Khadr allegedly hurled the grenade that fatally wounded Speer, 28.
The trial was in its first full day on Aug. 12 when Khadr's lone Pentagon defense lawyer, Army Lt. Col. Jon Jackson, took ill while questioning a Special Forces soldier who had just testified that he shot Khadr twice in the back in the assault.
A jury of seven senior U.S. military officers had been selected that morning to hear the case -- including a Marine colonel with a Purple Heart from Afghanistan and and a Navy captain who called Guantanamo a "no-win situation."
But Parrish, an Army colonel, had cleared the jury from the tribunal chamber seconds before Jackson, 39, collapsed in court and was evacuated by ambulance. The defense lawyer was airlifted to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center near Washington for tests to see if he was suffering complications from gallbladder surgery six weeks earlier.
Meantime, the judge sent members of the military jury back to their bases with orders not to read news reports about the Khadr case.
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