The Latest: Defense presents testimony in SEAL murder case
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with killing an Islamic State prisoner in his care (all times local):
Defense attorneys for a Navy SEAL accused of killing a wounded prisoner in Iraq say the Navy has indicated to them that fellow SEALs who had taken the stand could be prosecuted for earlier acts despite being granted immunity.
Defense attorney Timothy Parlatore told the judge Wednesday that he had received an email from the convening authority — the Navy’s chain of command — stating that SEALs who testified at the court martial of Chief Edward Gallagher could face prosecution if they had given false official statements to investigators.
One witness, Corey Scott, a medic, shocked the courtroom last week when he said that he — not Gallagher — killed the militant.
The judge, Navy Capt. Aaron Rugh, said those who had testified could only be prosecuted if they lied on the witness stand, and not for their previous statements.
A retired Marine and an active duty Marine testified for the defense Wednesday, describing Gallagher as a solid warrior.
This item has been corrected to reflect that the email came from the Navy’s chain of command, not prosecutors.
Defense lawyers will go on the offensive in the murder trial of a Navy SEAL accused of killing a wounded young Islamic State prisoner in Iraq.
Attorneys for Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher plan Wednesday to bring in testimony to bolster their contention that Gallagher is being unfairly accused of murder and attempted murder.
Prosecutors, who rested their case on Tuesday, contend that Gallagher fatally stabbed the captive in the neck without provocation and also shot at two civilians. He’s pleaded not guilty.
Gallagher’s lawyers have argued that former colleagues of Gallagher who testified for the prosecution provided either tainted or outright phony statements.
The defense asked the judge Tuesday to summarily find Gallagher not guilty but that request was rejected.