Two Navy SEALs and a pair of Marine Raiders were charged with felony murder in the death of a U.S. Army Green Beret that occurred in June 2017 – and prosecutors say that the four elite military personnel killed Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar “while perpetrating a burglary.”
The four men, who have each been charged with murder, have also been charged with conspiracy, obstruction of justice, hazing and burglary.
But the U.S. Special Operations Command, or USASOC, says that the charges in no way reflect on the special operations community.
“We will not allow allegations or substantiated incidents of misconduct erode decades of honorable accomplishments by the members of US Special Operations Command,” Captain Jason Salata said. “If these allegations of misconduct are substantiated, they represent a violation of the trust and standards required of all service members. We hold ourselves and each other accountable on a daily basis because we know that lives are on the line,” said USASOC Captain Jason Salata.
The statements surrounding Melgar’s death have conflicted since the beginning of the investigation, with one report saying that it all happened during horseplay and that the SEALs present attempted CPR.
However, the service members’ charge sheets “allege that on the night of June 10, 2018, the four special operations service members obtained duct tape, broke down the door into Melgar’s sleeping quarters, bound him up with duct tape and then strangled him to death while in a chokehold. The charge sheets do not provide a motive for Melgar’s death but under the burglary charge alleges that the four broke into Melgar’s bedroom ‘with the intent to assault.’”
The two SEALs were part of the elite SEAL Team Six, and are reported to have attempted the burglary to recover money they’d stolen from an informant fund – money the U.S. government used in Mali to pay informants for delivering intelligence on local militants and jihadists.
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