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Soldiers plead 5th Amendment in Afghan civilian killing case

Post by Matt Misterek / The News Tribune on Sep. 27, 2010 at 12:20 pm with 5 Comments »
September 27, 2010 12:34 pm

News Tribune military writer Adam Ashton reports from a Joint Base Lewis-McChord courtroom:

Fourteen soldiers invoked their 5th Amendment rights and refused to testify this morning at a court-martial hearing for a Stryker soldier accused of murdering three civilians in Afghanistan.

Spc. Jeremy Morlock is one of five soldiers in the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division accused of killing civilians. He is the first of the group to go to an Article 32 hearing, which is similar to a pretrial hearing.

Col. Thomas Molloy, the investigating officer, called 18 government witnesses to testify, but only criminal investigators and a platoon leader have agreed to talk. Three of those who refused to testify are also accused of murder.

Check back to this blog later, or read Tuesday’s News Tribune, for additional developments throughout the day.

Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. gonefishin69690 says:

    5th Amendment = I know I’m guilty, you know I’m guilty, but now you gotta prove it.

  2. no, that’s not right. go back to civics!

  3. I think it’s I know he’s guilty because I saw him doing it while I was doing it. I can’t tell you he’s guilty without incriminating myself………at least not without a deal (get out of jail free card).

  4. tacomabefore says:

    Fourteen of America’s noble heroes… Aren’t they brave, though… Too bad they can’t be tried in a civilian court… As I said in an earlier post regarding these jerks – it’s only the tip of the iceberg.

  5. dankuykendall says:


    NO bodies No guilt! Why are they jerks? It has not been proven that they did anything!!!

    War atricities happen in every war! Desensitizing these young men to hate their enemy and thinking of them as less than human thus enabling them to do what is required to make war sometimes gets out of hand.

    You need to STFU and speak about what you know which appears to be nothing!!

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