From the WaPo, here, the initial hearing was held today in the death of LCpl Philip Bushong, a member of the USMC Color Guard:

The fatal stabbing last month of a Marine by a fellow Marine on Capitol Hill’s Barracks Row was a hate crime, the lead prosecutor in the case said in court Wednesday.

Michael Poth, 20, stabbed Philip M. Bushong, 23, after yelling a slur against homosexuals, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Liebman said. The stabbing occurred minutes after Poth saw Bushong and a gay male friend hug outside Molly Malone’s saloon in the 700 block of Eighth Street SE on April 21, Liebman said.

Poth, 20, was charged with second-degree murder while armed. Before a preliminary hearing in D.C. Superior Court, two uniformed Marines entered the courtroom and informed attorneys that Poth had been given an other-than-honorable discharged for his conduct before last month’s incident. Liebman said the Marines had been working on Poth’s discharge since November, when Poth tested positive for using synthetic marijuana. Poth also had verbally assaulted other soldiers and had to be restrained, Liebman said.

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3 Responses to “DC Prosecutors Allege Hate Crime in Green on Green Killing”

  1. NW says:

    Isn’t this blue on blue, vice green on green?

  2. Mike "No Man" Navarre says:

    While lots of NATO soldiers, sailors and officers frequent the bars on that side of town. I think it would be a stretch to call what these Marines were doing a NATO operation.

  3. Soonergrunt says:

    Considering that Poth wasn’t a Marine anymore, having been OTH’ed prior to, wouldn’t it actually be White on Blue?