Here is the Tacoma-News Tribune article and CNN article about the Art. 32 Officer’s report in the SPC Morlock investigation. The IO, COL Molloy, recommends general court-martial according to the report. One quote from Art. 32 report, in the Tacoma News-Tribune story, addresses the diminished mental capacity argument offered by the defense during the hearing:
During the times alleged in the charges, [SPC] Morlock functioned as a team leader for a dismounted infantry squad, then carrying the designation of corporal, a leader . . . In the eyes of his leaders and fellow soldiers, he was an effective, reliable, engaged team leader. The undersigned found no evidence that the accused was behaving in an erratic, impaired or irrational manner – as an intoxicated person would – at the time of the alleged offenses.
SPC Morlock’s defense counsel was reportedly incredulous that charges alleging the thrill killing of an Afghan civilian by at least two NCOs and at least another Afghan civilian would go forward based on the evidence available. He’s quoted as responding to the report:
I didn’t expect this at all. . . This was a very thorough hearing. We won the hearing. I don’t understand how this could go any further on a murder charge for which there is no weapon, no body and nothing except a highly questionable statement from Morlock.