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Army still not releasing documents on alleged 5th Brigade killers

Post by Matt Misterek / The News Tribune on Sep. 3, 2010 at 12:59 pm with 3 Comments »
September 3, 2010 12:59 pm

The News Tribune is still pressing military authorities to release the charge sheets for 12 Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers caught up in accusations of conspiring to assault and murder Afghan civilians, doing drugs and beating up a fellow soldier.

The Army did release charge sheets fairly promptly for the original five defendants. But as we reported on Aug. 26, those Stryker brigade soldiers now face additional charges, and seven more soldiers have been swept up in the dragnet. Meanwhile, no documents have been released, other than a bare-bones “summary of charges.”

I Corps spokeswoman Maj. Jenny Willis left a voice mail on my phone Thursday saying: “(The charge sheets) are not through review at the D.A. level, so we can’t give you anything right now, but we’re still tracking that you want them and we’ll get them to you as soon as we can. Were hoping that they’ll be available next week.” (Lewis-McChord has Friday off for an extra-long holiday weekend.)

We believe the Army’s reasons for charging these soldiers with the most heinous crimes imaginable are in the public interest, and the charge sheets already should’ve been released. In civilian courts in Pierce County, prosecutors routinely give us charging documents on the same day as the arraignment.

The accused soldiers are with the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, recently reflagged as the 2nd Brigade.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. Where is Towery’s AR-15-6 Investigation Report as well?????????

  2. The Towery report is under the rug. The same rug the Army is desperately trying to sweep the 5th brigade report.

  3. bobbysangelwife says:

    This reporter needs to get his insinuations and attitude in CHECK. I’m highly disappointed in TNT’s reporters for this section of the paper….Scott would have NEVER insinuated that our military was covering up something, delaying the release of info, and much more.
    That being said—this reporter has no clue as to how the military courts work. They will not be released until all the FACTS are in place, nor will they just hand out something just because some reporter feels that they need it. Military courts work differently than civilian courts. This is not a simple matter by any means. This involves multiple persons, with crimes committed on foreign soil. There are hundreds to be interviewed to get the facts and the truth on what happened, who was involved, and to what extent.


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