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Iraq: US sergeant accused of 'fragging' 2 officers (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Jun, 16 2005 @ 09:46 PM
Sgt. Alberto B. Martinez, a supply specialist with the Headquarters Company of the 42nd Infantry Division has been charged with premeditated murder of two senior officers. Army officials revealed that Martinez had been disciplined by the two officers, providing a possible motive for the attack.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - An Army National Guard staff sergeant has been charged with premeditated murder in a “fragging incident” that killed two senior officers at a U.S. base near Tikrit last week, the U.S. military said Thursday.

A military statement said that Martinez, 37, a supply specialist with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 42nd Infantry Division, was charged Wednesday in the June 7 deaths of the two officers at Forward Operating Base Danger, near Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s hometown 80 miles north of Baghdad.

The slain officers were Capt. Phillip T. Esposito, 30, of Suffern, N.Y., and 1st Lt. Louis E. Allen, 34, of Milford, Pa. They were assigned to the 42nd Infantry Division. Esposito was company commander, and Allen served as a company operations officer.
Martinez, of Troy, N.Y., currently is at a military detention facility in Kuwait.

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Well, if found guilty he should leave this Earth quicker than the two brave souls he betrayed. Even under such stressful conditions, disciplinary action should never lead one to retaliate by murdering their trusting comrades in cold blood.

[edit on 16-6-2005 by Vajrayana]

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