FORT STEWART, Ga. — Attorneys defending a Fort Stewart soldier charged with slaying a superior and a fellow U.S. soldier are asking military judge to approve a trip to Iraq so they can interview witnesses.

Attorneys for Sgt. Joseph Bozicevich (BOZ-eh-vich) said Friday they want to interview Iraqi soldiers who witnessed events surrounding the 2008 shootings of Staff Sgt. Darris Dawson and Sgt. Wesley Durbin at a joint U.S.-Iraqi patrol base.

Prosecutors are opposing the travel request, which the military would have to fund. They say Bozicevich's lawyers could interview the witnesses without going overseas.

The military judge, Col. Tara Osborn, told both sides she would hear arguments on the motion Sept. 14.

Bozicevich could face the death penalty if convicted by a court-martial. His trial is scheduled to start in February.