Two out of the four special operations troops charged with the murder of a Green Beret are currently negotiating plea deals with Uncle Sam, in a case that has baffled the public since it was first reported in 2017.
Marine Raider Staff Sergeant Kevin Maxwell and Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Adam Matthews are currently attempting to iron out plea deals in connection to the fatal strangulation of Army Special Forces Operator Staff Sergeant Logan Melgar.
The murder took place during a deployment in Mali on June 4, 2017, according to the Military Times, and all four defendants face charges including felony murder, involuntary manslaughter, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, hazing and burglary.
Melgar had no drugs or alcohol in his system, and was near the end of his deployment when he died. Prior to his demise, he told his wife he had a “bad feeling” about some of the other operators.
The SEALs and Marine Raiders involved in the incident -the former being members of DEVGRU- told investigators several different stories about what happened, changing their testimonies every time the previous one didn’t add up.
The case was initially kept quiet, but was eventually brought out by the media.
Matthews’ attorney, Grover Baxley, noted that while it would be “inappropriate to comment on possible plea negotiations,” his client “does look forward to getting an opportunity to explain the details of what actually happened in Mali in June 2017 since much of the reporting over the past 21 months has contained wildly inaccurate information.”
The two other men involved in the incident, Navy SEAL Petty Officer Anthony DeDolph and Marine Raider Gunnery Sgt. Mario A. Madera-Rodriguez, are not currently seeking plea deals.
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