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.
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