The Navy has released the charge sheets for two Navy SEALs and two Marine Corps Special Operations Command Raiders, who have been charged with felony murder in connection with the death of the June 4, 2017 death of Green Beret Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar in Bamako, Mali.
The four special operators are due in court on Dec. 10. They also face charges of involuntary manslaughter, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, hazing, and burglary.
“We honor the memory of Staff Sgt. Melgar, our thoughts remain with his family and teammates,” Navy Capt. Jason Salata, a spokesman for U.S. Special Operations Command, said in a statement.
“If these allegations of misconduct are substantiated, they represent a violation of the trust and standards required of all service members. We trust our service members to safeguard our nation's most sensitive interests and to do so with honor.”
“We will not allow allegations or substantiated incidents of misconduct erode decades of honorable accomplishments by the members of U.S. Special Operations Command. Ours is a culture of professionalism and accountability, which prides itself in being a learning organization that uses critical self-examination in a relentless dedication to improvement.”
“The standards expected of special operations are high in every aspect of life. Trust and accountability are the foundational requirements of all service members when conducting our nation's most complex, sensitive, and high-risk operations. We hold ourselves and each other accountable on a daily basis because we know that lives are on the line.”
Read the charge sheets here: