posted on Mar, 22 2004 @ 08:23 PM
I had never even heard of this story when it happened last year...well at least I don't remember hearing about it. looks like we are going to start
seeing the effects of war on our soldiers as they return home....or just good legal defense when they commit crimes.
Soldier Charged in Killing Blame Trauma From Iraq
Attorney David S. West said he plans to have his client, Pfc. Alberto Martinez, examined for post-traumatic stress disorder.
"The most amazing thing to me is to hear the harrowing descriptions of what these kids went through," West said. "They were one of the first units
into Baghdad. All along the way, they were under fire. They were sleeping in their armored vehicles for fear they were going to get shot dead. They
had people around them who were getting shot."
Martinez is accused of stabbing Spc. Richard Davis, 25, of St. Charles, Mo., at least 30 times a few days after their unit returned from Iraq in July.
Davis had insulted a dancer during their drunken homecoming celebration and had gotten the group thrown out of a strip club in Columbus, not far from
Fort Benning, where all the soldiers were based.
Two other soldiers are accused of assisting Martinez, while the fourth is accused of helping conceal Davis' slaying. All four soldiers remain in
jail. No trial date has been set.