Lieutenant William Calley is admitting at his Fort Benning court martial that he killed South Vietnamese civilians at My Lai village in 1968.
BV Defence Attorney Richard Key.
SV Kay speaking
TRANSCRIPT: KAY (SEQ. 2): "Lieutenant Calley believes that he was following orders to destroy all living things in the village. He described various other persons as taking part in the destruction of people and animals. He also alleges that he had to stop one soldier from sexually molesting a Vietnamese female. Lieutenant Calley states that he did not feel he was killing human, but rather that they were the enemy, with whom one could not speak or reason. After lunch, the company went on its mission. During events of the morning -- up to about noon -- Lieutenant Calley claims that he was hyped or psyched-up."
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Background: Lieutenant William Calley is admitting at his Fort Benning court martial that he killed South Vietnamese civilians at My Lai village in 1968. Defence lawyer Richard Kay, in a statement to newsmen yesterday (Wednesday) outlining Calley's proposed testimony, announced that Calley considers he was following orders at My Lai and that he was psychologically impaired by the stress of combat.