New date set for Navy SEAL murder trial
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A new date has been set for the trial of a Navy SEAL accused of premediated murder and attempted murder in the death of an Islamic State prisoner under his care and the shootings of two Iraqi civilians in Iraq in 2017.
Defense attorney Tim Parlatore said Thursday that the military judge granted his request to push the date back from June 10 to June 17. Parlatore represents Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher.
The judge, Navy Capt. Aaron Rugh, also is considering a request by Parlatore to dismiss the case because the prosecution tracked the emails of Gallagher’s attorneys without court approval to find the source of a news leak.
Rugh on Monday removed the lead prosecutor accused of misconduct.
Gallagher has pleaded not guilty to the charges.