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Stryker sergeant to build defense with statements from fellow accused soldiers

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on June 22, 2011 at 9:56 am |
June 22, 2011 9:57 am

Staff Sgt. David Bram’s defense attorney appears ready to call more than a dozen of his former platoon mates to the witness stand today at a pretrial hearing for the Stryker soldier.

Bram had a similar pretrial hearing in the fall at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, but the Army leveled more serious charges against him last month. He’s now accused of participating in discussions about how to kill civilians during his deployment to Afghanistan, failing to report crimes and planting evidence on a corpse.

Five of his platoon mates allegedly murdered three Afghan noncombatants last year. Bram’s witness list includes three of the accused killers. It’s not clear whether they’ll testify today.

Prosecutors have been especially harsh in the past when they described Bram’s role at Forward Operating Base Ramrod because he allegedly led an assault on a private he supervised after the lower-ranking soldier blew the whistle on drug use in their platoon.

Bram’s so-called Article 32 hearing could run into tomorrow. Seventeen soldiers are on his witness list.

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