Thursday, June 16, 2011

Article 32 in 'Kill Squad' Case reports on Private Andrew Holmes' Article 32 that was held this week.  Holmes is accused of the premeditated murder of a teenage boy in a poppy field near a small Afghan village in January 2010. The 19-year-old, a member of a rogue Stryker Brigade unit, also stands accused of using hashish and possessing photos of the incident and war trophies, specifically fingers taken from corpses. The hearing opened with testimony from Private Jeremy Morlock, who pleaded guilty last November and is now serving a 24-year sentence.  Morlock said he summoned the Afghan man and then threw a grenade at him while Holmes shot at him. After the hearing, Holmes's attorney highlighted testimony that his client was nearly killed by the grenade in the incident, saying: "That alone proves he was not a willing participant."  A recommendation as to whether the Army will pursue charges against Holmes will likely be announced in the next several weeks.