Manslaughter Charges Likely in Afghanistan Training Accident
From AP (via The Olympian), here:
The Army is preparing to prosecute a soldier for the death of Pfc. Neil Turner, a Lincoln High School graduate, at an outpost in eastern Afghanistan early this year.
Army officials initially called Turner’s death a “training accident,” but now are bringing charges of manslaughter against Spc. Francisco Perez, who’s accused of firing a rocket at Turner inside their forward base at Combat Outpost Kherwar in Afghanistan’s Logar province.
Perez allegedly killed Turner, 21, on Jan. 11 with a light anti-tank weapon, a shoulder-fired rocket launcher designed for use against armored vehicles and other hardened targets. The weapon did not detonate, but was fired at close range and pierced Turner’s upper chest, according to Turner’s family and Army charging documents.
No word on an Art. 32 hearing date. More from the Tacoma News-Tribune (via Military.com) here.
AFA Cadets Facing Sexual Assault Charges
No word on the Art. 32 date, but two Air Force Acadeemy juniors will apparently face charges of sexual assault this Fall. See SFGate.com here. I am not sure if more charges fan the flames of the sexual assault in the military “epidemic” or answer the call for accountability–see James Kifield’s recent National Journal article, The Enemy Within.
Officer Claims Hazing in Court-Martial
Here (from Stripes.com) is the first case I have ever heard of an officer claiming hazing by his fellow “wardroom” members. Trial is scheduled for Sep. 24, 2012 at Ft. Carson.