Thursday, April 28, 2011

Judge dismisses manslaughter charge against Canadian soldier

According to The Vancouver Sun:

A military judge has dismissed a manslaughter charge against a former Canadian soldier accused of fatally shooting one of his colleagues four years ago.

But former corporal Matthew Wilcox will still be tried on charges of criminal negligence causing death and negligent performance of military duty in the shooting death of Cpl. Kevin Megeney in Afghanistan in March 2007.

Prosecutors submitted the manslaughter charge as an alternative to the charge of criminal negligence causing death after Megeney, 25, was killed in a tent the two men shared at Kandahar Airfield.

This is the second court martial for Wilcox, after a manslaughter charge against him was stayed in 2009. At that trial, a jury found Wilcox guilty of criminal negligence causing death and negligent performance of a military duty. He was sentenced to four years in prison and was kicked out of the armed forces, after the judge said he was satisfied Wilcox and Megeney "were engaged in a consensual game of quick draw" when the shooting happened.