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Another murder court-martial in the home stretch

Post by News Tribune Staff on March 25, 2008 at 5:06 pm with No Comments »
March 25, 2008 5:06 pm

Another murder trial is nearing its conclusion at Fort Lewis, this time, in the case of an Army sergeant accused of killing another soldier’s wife two years ago in her home on post.

Attorneys expect to make their closing arguments as soon tomorrow morning in the court-martial of Sgt. Godfrey J. Hurley, accused of premeditated murder in the March 11, 2006 slaying of Lisa Nossett.

Nossett, 28, was found dead in her home in the post’s Old Hillside housing area. She lived there with her two daughters while her husband, Staff Sgt. Christopher Nossett, was serving an unaccompanied tour in South Korea.

Lawyers were making slow progress Tuesday in a court-martial that began March 17 before an Army judge, Lt. Col. John Head. An eight-member panel that includes two colonels is hearing the case.

Hurley, 40, faces life imprisonment if he is convicted. The 16-year Army veteran is assigned to the 62nd Chemical Company and has been stationed at Fort Lewis since December 2002.

There has been a steady succession of murder cases at Fort Lewis the past two years:

&bull Spc. Brandon Bare was convicted in May 2006 in the July 2005 stabbing death of his 18-year-old wife, Nabila, and sentenced to life in prison.

&bull Spc. Jamaal Lewis was convicted in October 2006 of shooting another soldier, Pfc. Jason Jowers, and another soldier’s wife, Crystal Hurley-McDowell, during an attempted robbery outside the Schooner Pub in Lakewood on Labor Day 2005.

&bull Pvt. Anthony Cruse was convicted in February of stabbing another soldier, Pvt. Timothy Crislip, in the neck outside their barracks at North Fort Lewis in June 2007.

All three were sentenced to life in prison, although with the possibility of parole.

Two other cases are pending, although trial dates have not yet been set:

&bull Cpl. Tim Ayers awaits court-martial on charges he pointed a loaded pistol at his platoon sergeant, Sgt. 1st Class David A. Cooper, Jr., last September in Baghdad, and pulled the trigger. Ayers told the Long Beach Press-Telegram he forgot that he’d just loaded the weapon.

&bull And Spc. Ivette Davila is charged with fatally shooting two sergeants, husband and wife Timothy and Randi Miller, in their Parkland home March 1.

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