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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. • A man on trial for the slaying of a soldier from St. Charles said he had used a sedative and didn’t recognize a fellow soldier before firing at him five times inside the house where they were staying last year.

The Leaf-Chronicle reported that Benjamin Schweitzer testified in his own defense in Circuit Court in Clarksville, Tenn., on Wednesday afternoon. The jury is expected to hear closing arguments today.

Schweitzer, 28, is charged with second-degree murder in the death March 15, 2012, of Sgt. 1st Class Frederic Nicholas “Nic” Moses, 26, of the 5th Special Forces Group; and with two counts of attempted first-degree murder in connection with shots fired at police who responded.

Schweitzer said he took ketamine, a general anesthetic and sedative, the morning Moses was shot and fired as Moses approached, not recognizing who it was.

Moses attended Duchesne High School in 2003 and is survived by his parents, two sisters and two brothers. Moses was a decorated Green Beret and had completed four combat deployments — three to Iraq and one to Afghanistan.