Family of jailed Navy SEAL speaks out about the accusations
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher — a 19-year Navy veteran –is charged with premeditated murder and aggravated assault. He faces life in prison if convicted at a trial set to begin on Feb. 19.
Gallagher’s defense team asked a judge last week to release the defendant from pretrial confinement, but that request was denied today, according to Navy spokesman Brian O’Rourke.
During an Article 32 hearing in November, Navy prosecutors accused Gallagher of killing an injured ISIS fighter who they estimate was about 15 years old. The fatal stabbing happened in Mosul. Iraq, in May 2017.
Rear Adm. Yancey Lindsey, commander of Navy Region Southwest, reviewed the evidence presented at the Article 32 hearing and determined that Gallagher should face court-martial.
Prosecutors also presented evidence that they said shows Gallagher tried to bribe fellow SEALs not to talk about the incident to NCIS investigators.
Gallagher’s attorney, Phil Stackhouse, said his client should be judged by a military jury of his peers because of the nature of the allegations in a combat zone.
Disgruntled SEALs made the allegations against Gallagher, his attorney said.
KUSI’s John Soderman spoke to the family of the accused Navy SEAL.