As Jurist reports, the Army Special Forces command issued this press release on Thursday announcing the arraignment of Master Sergeant Joseph D. Newell on charges alleging that he murdered an unidentified Afghan and then cut off one of his ears near Hyderabad, Afghanistan in March 2007.
The actual trial is currently scheduled to start on 7 January 2009.
Meanwhile, Stars and Stripes is reporting that the “Army on Tuesday charged three Germany-based soldiers with premeditated murder in connection with the deaths of Iraqi detainees from two separate incidents in early 2007.” The article continues, “First Sgt. John E. Hatley, 40; Sgt. 1st Class Joseph P. Mayo, 27, and Sgt. Michael P. Leahy Jr., 26, all formerly assigned to 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, were charged under the Uniform Code of Military Justice with one specification each of premeditated murder, conspiracy to commit premeditated murder and obstruction of justice, stemming from an incident in March or April 2007 in or near Baghdad, according to an Army statement.”