Soldier charged in deadly West Point vehicle rollover will face court-martial

The schedule will be set by a military judge.

Staff Sgt. Ladonies Strong, the soldier charged in September over a deadly vehicle rollover at West Point, will face trial by court-martial, reported and Task & Purpose confirmed.

“The commanding general made the decision to refer the charges against [Strong] to a court-martial based on the facts presented during the Article 32 hearing in October,” 3rd Infantry Division spokesman Lt. Col. Patrick Husted said in a statement.

The June rollover killed 22-year-old Cadet Christopher J. Morgan — hailed as a “talented, hardworking, and determined athlete,” with a “heart big enough to love everyone around him,” by his West Point wrestling coach — and injured two soldiers and 19 other cadets.

Soldier charged in deadly West Point vehicle rollover will face court-martial

Cadet Christopher J. Morgan.U.S. Military Academy photo

Strong was charged with one specification of involuntary manslaughter, reckless operation of a vehicle, negligent homicide, and prevention of authorized seizure of property, along with two specifications of dereliction of duty.

Strong had an Article 32 hearing scheduled in October. According to, she declined to make a statement during the hearing.

“The charges are merely accusations,” Husted said. “And Staff Sgt. Strong is presumed innocent until proven guilty at trial.”

The time of the court-martial will be decided by a military judge, per Husted.

Haley Britzky
Haley Britzky

is the Army reporter for Task & Purpose, covering the daily happenings in the Army and how they impact soldiers and their families, as well as broader national security issues. Originally from Texas, Haley previously worked at Axios before joining Task & Purpose in January 2019. Contact the author here.

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