The Green Beret, army staff sgt Logan Melgarwas assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group and near the end of his deployment when the Navy Seal allegedly killed him, in circumstances that have led to his being charged for murder. Mr DeDolph is set to return to court on Thursday for a preliminary hearing, and has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The alleged murder took place in Mali in Junewhen Melgar was a part of an intelligence operation supporting counterterrorism against a local al Qaeda affiliate.
But before that, Mr DeDolph had told investigators that he was wrestling with the victim at around 4am, before a fellow Navy Seal — Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator Adam Matthews — entered the room and they all toppled onto a bed. Once they were up, they said Melgar had stopped breathing and that they attempted CPR. In the days after Megar died, Mr DeDolph — who was then a petty officer first class — was flown back to his home base in Virginia Beach, under the suspicion of murder.
On 15 September ofMr DeDolph reportedly began wearing an insignia on his uniform indicating a higher rank had been achieved, according to Defence Department officials who spoke with the Daily Beast. The reports that Mr DeDolph was promoted in spite of the concerns that he may have murdered a fellow American serviceman, come just after a separate report by the Daily Beast indicating that Melgar had discovered that some Seals were pocketing money form a counterterrorism fund intended to pay local informations for information.
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Start your Independent Premium subscription today. He began receiving the higher pay associated with a chief in December of that year. Show 0 comments. Daily Coronavirus Briefing.The Navy SEAL and Marine Raider accused in the murder of a Green Beret in Africa could face life in federal prison without the possibility of parole when they each head to general court-martial, Navy officials announced Friday.
Dedolph and Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Mario A. Madera-Rodriguez by Rear Adm. Charles W. Rock, the commander of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. Both Dedolph and Madera-Rodriguez face charges including felony murder, involuntary manslaughter, obstruction of justice, hazing and burglary.
The two service members made their initial appearances in court for an Article 32 preliminary hearing on Aug. Army Staff Sgt. Another Marine, Staff Sgt. Kevin Maxwell Jr. Maxwell was charged with negligent homicide, hazing and making false official statements. For more newsletters click here. Matthews, formerly a member of SEAL Team 6, pleaded guilty to charges including conspiracy, unlawful entry, hazing, obstruction of justice and assault with battery.
The SEAL has agreed to testify against three other co-defendants charged in the death. Melgar was strangled to death while he was in a chokehold during the hazing incident. The plan was hatched during a night of bar-hopping and was in response to a perceived snub. Melgar had apparently driven by some of the men while on his way to a party at the French Embassy without stopping to pick them up, Matthews previously said in court documents.
DeDolph, who is a former professional mixed martial artist, is accused of putting Melgar into a chokehold while the other men duct taped him, according to charge sheets.
Melgar stopped breathing during the assault. The group attempted to perform CPR, followed by a field expedient tracheotomy to try to revive him before taking him to a nearby clinic where he was ultimately pronounced dead. Embassy there. The military justice system is based on the principle that the accused are innocent until proven guilty, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic officials cautioned in their latest press release. Kyle is a staff reporter for Military Times, focusing on the U.
Kyle Rempfer. Thanks for signing up! Fear of missing out? Thanks for signing up. Todd South.Trials for a Navy SEAL and Marine Raider charged in the strangulation death of a Green Beret staff sergeant have been moved to later this year at the request of their defense attorneys. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Three more defendants face charges of murder, conspiracy, hazing and burglary in the case.
The two men face general courts-martial for their alleged roles in the death of Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar while they were serving together on deployment in Bamako, Mali, on June 4, Both men made their initial appearances in an Article 32 preliminary hearing on Aug. DeDolph faces charges of conspiracy, assault, obstruction of justice, burglary, felony murder, involuntary manslaughter, hazing and obstruction of justice. For more newsletters click here.
If convicted of felony murder, either could face life in prison without parole, reduction in rank to E-1, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and either dishonorable or bad conduct discharge, according to the Navy statement. Marine Staff Sgt. Kevin Maxwell Jr. Matthews pleaded guilty to lesser charges in Both agreed to testify on behalf of the government the remaining cases.
Maxwell was sentenced to four years in military prison. He receive one year confinement and a bad conduct discharge.
The acts were all in retaliation for what the group had perceived as slights made by Melgar during the preceding deployment, which was nearing an end. One such incident described from earlier that evening included Melgar driving by two of the men on his way to a U. Todd South has written about crime, courts, government and the military for multiple publications since and was named a Pulitzer finalist for a co-written project on witness indimitation.
Todd is a Marine veteran of the Iraq War. Todd South. Thanks for signing up! Fear of missing out? Thanks for signing up. About Todd South Todd South has written about crime, courts, government and the military for multiple publications since and was named a Pulitzer finalist for a co-written project on witness indimitation.Logan Melgar in Mali during a botched hazing incident.
Kevin Maxwell, and Gunnery Sgt. Mario Madero-Rodriguez, planned on restraining Melgar with duct tape and recording it in order to embarrass him sexually. Melgar died of strangulation after DeDolph held him in a chokehold.
All five men were in Mali performing a counterterrorism mission at the U. Embassy in Bamako. Matthews and Maxwell pleaded guilty to lesser charges inleaving DeDolph and Madero-Rodriguez as the final two defendants. In addition to murder, DeDolph faces charges involving conspiracy, obstruction of justice, burglary, involuntary manslaughter, and hazing. While court martial juries generally are made up of officers, the request to have enlisted members included in the jury panel may be an attempt to draw sympathy, according to former Marine Corps Judge Gary Solis, who noted the move could backfire.
As a matter of fact, I was a little bit pleased because I knew most of the time, the senior members that came on were hammers. Navy Capt. A forensic medical trauma expert may also be brought in. Jay Sullivan, a lawyer who represented Lt.
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DeDolph both face the possibility of life in prison if convicted in the June 4,death of Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar. Each faces a general court-martial on their charges. Madera-Rodriguez was arraigned on charges of conspiracy to assault and battery, obstruction of justice, burglary, felony murder, involuntary manslaughter, hazing orders violation and making a false official statement, according to court records.
DeDolph was scheduled for arraignment in January. Co-defendants Marine Staff Sgt. Kevin Maxwell Jr. Matthews, 33, both pleaded guilty to lesser charges earlier in For more newsletters click here. Sign up for the Early Bird Brief - a daily roundup of military and defense news stories from around the globe.
By giving us your email, you are opting in to the Early Bird Brief. Maxwell was sentenced to four years in military prison after having been charged with negligent homicide, hazing and making false official statements.
Matthews received a year of confinement and bad conduct discharge for his role in the death. He testified that DeDolph placed Melgar in a chokehold while the others attempted to restrain him. But during the assault, Melgar stopped breathing. He said the men attempted to revive him but were unsuccessful. Todd South has written about crime, courts, government and the military for multiple publications since and was named a Pulitzer finalist for a co-written project on witness indimitation.
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Thanks for signing up. About Todd South Todd South has written about crime, courts, government and the military for multiple publications since and was named a Pulitzer finalist for a co-written project on witness indimitation.In admitting his guilt, Matthews described a botched attempt to haze Army Staff Sgt.
Logan Melgar alongside three other special operators serving in the Malian capital city of Bamako in the early morning of June 4, Matthews, 33, told the judge overseeing his court-martial, Navy Capt.
Michael J. I am tormented by my complacency at a time when my teammates required my guidance and the situation required bold, corrective action. With the shoulders of his service dress blue uniform slumping, Matthews stared straight forward as the judge announced his sentence to the courtroom.
Luken also sentenced Matthews to a two-grade reduction in rank to petty officer 2nd class and a bad conduct discharge.
The yearlong prison sentence was the maximum confinement time that Matthews faced as part of his plea deal with prosecutors. Mario Madera-Rodriguez and Staff Sgt. Kevin Maxwell Jr. Those cases have yet to go to trial and they face similar charges to Matthews, including murder. Witnesses called to testify Thursday by prosecutors described a poor climate among the small group of special operators stationed in Bamako.
She indicated DeDolph was one of the men with whom her husband struggled. Soldiers who served with Melgar described him as a driven and mature soldier who stood out even among the elite in the Special Forces, challenging the SEALs assertions that Melgar was performing inadequately.
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Melgar, his commander said, was a battle-proven man of high character, who during a deployment in Afghanistan would lead dangerous missions to search for roadside bombs on foot from the very front, often taking enemy machine gun fire as he doggedly poured over the terrain for signs of hidden explosives. A SEAL who served in Afghanistan with Matthews, whose name also was not released due to security concerns, described his battlefield heroics in a firefight. You are a disgrace to your Purple Heart.
May God have mercy on you. Army Staff Sgt. Navy Special Warfare Trident insignia worn by qualified U. Navy SEALs. Courtesy of U.
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A longstanding feud had gone on between the SEALs and Melgar, after he accused them of bringing prostitutes back to their safe house and taking cash from a fund intended to pay local informants.
DeDeoph has since pleaded not guilty to murder and is yet to stand trial. Staff Sergeant Kevin Maxwell Jr. Mario Madera-Rodriguez, is also yet to stand trial. Now it has emerged that four months after they returned from Africa, the Navy promoted DeDolph.
Matthews, will spend one year in military prison at Norfolk Naval Station above. Officials say that it was because he was not charged until the following year that he was allowed to enjoy his promotion and higher salary.
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