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The Army Prosecutor v. Jeremy Morlock

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Court martial court, Washington, United States
Decision title Judgment
Decision date 23 March 2011
  • Andrew Holmes
  • Jeremy Morlock
  • Calvin Gibbs
  • Adam Winfield
  • Michael Wagnon
  • The Army Prosecutor
Other names
  • 5th Stryker Brigade
Categories Conspiracy, Crimes against humanity, War crimes
Keywords Afganistan, assault, conspiracy to commit murder and assault, court martial, Murder
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Procedural history

The decision to take the case to a full court martial trial comes after preliminary hearings at the end of September 2010 during which, Morlock contended that he was following the orders of Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs to randomly kill civilians while on patrol. In addition to three counts of premeditated murder, Morlock has been charged with assault, conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to assault, impeding an investigation and using a controlled substance.

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Legally relevant facts

Specialist Jeremy Morlock, one of a group of accused soldiers, faces charges of premeditated murder in the deaths of three Afghans killed between January and May 2010. Morlock is one of five soldiers charged with murder in the case; seven others are accused of trying to block the investigation. 

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Court's holding and analysis

Morlock was sentenced in march 2011 to 24 years in prison after he pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against other defendants in the case.

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