The soldiers were told it was a job for men: They were to bring the residents of a small Guatemalan village to a well where they would be killed and their bodies dumped inside.
Three decades later, two of the soldiers brought their horrific accounts of the killings in the village of Dos Erres to an American courtroom where Guatemalan army officer Jorge Sosa is on trial. He's charged with lying on his U.S. citizenship application about his military service and his role in the massacre.
A former sergeant, Cesar Franco Ibanez, recalled for jurors Thursday through an interpreter what one of the commanding officers of the special forces unit sent to Dos Erres yelled at him as he took a woman to her death.
The officer said the task "was only for men," Franco Ibanez, who is living outside Guatemala as a protected witness, said in Spanish.