Seven soldiers who were last to see Fort Bragg soldier alive face charges

Enrique Roman-Martinez

Seven US Army Paratroopers from the North Carolina-based 82nd Airborne Division are facing charges and court martial in connection with the death of a fellow Soldier.

Spcs. Juan Avila, Alex R. Becerra, Joshua L. Curry and Benjamin E. Sibley along with Pvt. Annamarie L. Cochell, Pfc. Samad A. Landrum and Sgt. Samuel O. Moore, who were the last to see Spc. Enrique Roman-Martinez alive, are facing court-martials this summer for conspiracy and other charges.

The Soldier’s partial remains washed up along Cape Lookout National Seashore in 2020, following an outdoor outing in May of the same year.

According to the Fayetteville Observer, the Fort Bragg Soldiers did notify authorities of Roman-Martinez’ absence.

All parties involved belonged to the 37th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

The deceased Soldier’s head was the only part of his body that was recovered, and the remaining seven members of the party were each charged with one count of conspiracy and failure to obey a direct order or regulation tied to traveling more than 50 miles from Fort Bragg when there was a travel ban during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, Becerra, Cochell and Landrum are each charged with using LSD, a hallucinogenic drug, while other individual charges range from disobeying orders to making false statements.

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