FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — Lawyers for a Fort Carson infantryman facing a possible a court-martial in the shooting death of another soldier when they were deployed in Jordan say the killing was an accident.

Twenty-three-year-old Spc. Jeffery T. Page is charged with murder in the death of 19-year-old Spc. Adrian M. Perkins in May.

Spc. Adrian M. Perkins (credit: Facebook)

Spc. Adrian M. Perkins (credit: Facebook)

The evidentiary hearing began Monday and is expected to continue all week.

Page is from Perrysburg, Ohio, and Perkins was from Pine Valley, California. Both were assigned to Fort Carson.

Charging documents say Perkins was shot with an M4 rifle. Authorities haven’t revealed a motive or the circumstances of the death.

Page is also charged with manslaughter and negligent homicide.

Page’s lawyers say the shooting was accidental and that Page tried to save Perkins’ life after the shooting.

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