"…I remember there may have been women in there, may have been children in there," he said. "My responsibility as a squad leader is to make sure that none of the rest of my guys died ... and at that point, we were still on the assault, so no, I don't believe [I should have stopped the attack]."
He went with his troops to the next house.
"We went through that house much the same, prepping the room with grenades, going in there, and eliminating the threat and engaging the targets…There probably wasn't [a threat], now that I look back on it. But there, in that time, yes, I believed there was a threat," he told CBS.
In the end, 24 civilians were dead, including a 3-year-old and a 2-year-old.
Faraj said that when the trial starts, forensic evidence will show that Wuterich did not kill anyone.
After Time magazine broke the story in spring 2006, the military launched two probes into the incident -- one led by former Special Forces commander Maj. Gen. Eldon Bargewell and another by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, or NCIS.
Bargewell's report claimed Marine Corps commanders in Iraq showed a "willful" failure to investigate the killings, the New York Times reported in 2007.