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Keith Maupin says sons killer is being retried in court

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Brad Underwood) -- Ten years after Master Sgt. Matt Maupin was kidnapped and murdered in Iraq, the United States government says Maupin's alleged killer is in an Iraqi jail, and two men have already been sentenced to death for aiding in the capture.

Keith Maupin, Matt's father, leaves for Washington D.C. Monday where he'll be given an update via video conference on the case against the man who confessed to killing Matt.

In 2004, Matt was guarding a convoy in Iraq when he was captured. Those who captured him posted a video of Maupin in custody, but it is believed he was killed a short time after that.

It wasn't until 2008 that Maupin's remains were found and brought home.

Several weeks ago, the army told Keith someone had confessed to Matt's murder. Maupin says he doesn't know the name of Matt's killer.

While the alleged confession to Maupin's murder is news to many, Keith says this is a retrial for the man in custody. He was convicted of several crimes, including killing Matt, but because of a paperwork error he is being retried.

"They had this guy; they say he's been in jail since 2009. So if the paperwork got screwed up, they know that it's him, they know what he did. But as it is over here, if they screw it up, they'll retry you again and that's what they are doing over there," says Keith.

Keith also says that if this man is convicted he needs to be held accountable and punished.

"I'll have closure when I die, then I won't have to worry about it no more, but until that time these guys need to be held accountable."

Since his son's kidnapping and disappearance, Keith kept himself busy with the Yellow Ribbon Center, an organization he started to honor his son and help those who serve by sending them packages.

The organization continues to grow, and donations are made daily. However, Maupin says they really need help with postage right now.

Each box costs about $40 to ship. They say they appreciate the supplies, but they need help getting the boxes to the men and women fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa.

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