CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — A jury was selected Monday to hear the court-martial of a Marine reservist accused of murdering an Iraqi soldier while the two stood guard together in Fallujah.

Three officers and five enlisted officers were impaneled to determine the innocence or guilt of Lance Cpl. Delano Holmes. Holmes has admitted stabbing to death Pvt. Munther Jasem Muhammed Hassin on Dec. 31, 2006, at a security post, but said he did so in self-defense.

Holmes, 22, of Indianapolis, has pleaded not guilty to charges of unpremeditated murder and making a false statement. If convicted on all counts, Holmes faces life imprisonment with the possibility of parole. Opening arguments were set to begin today.