Fort Bliss NCO charged with murdering former soldier

He's the third Fort Bliss soldier to face murder charges in recent months

A Fort Bliss sergeant stands charged with shooting a former Bliss soldier to death during a bar brawl last week.

The City of El Paso, Texas, announced on Thursday that local police had arrested 23-year-old Sgt. Marcus Lamar Hill for shooting 26-year-old Darion Marquez Williams during a fistfight in the parking lot of a downtown bar.

Police arrested Hill and another NCO, Sgt. Brandon Rishad King, at a traffic stop shortly after Williams was pronounced dead at a local hospital, the release stated.

King was charged with unlawfully carrying a handgun and released, while Hill is currently being held on $750,000 bond, according to the release.

Fort Bliss spokeswoman Lt. Col. Allie Payne confirmed to that Hill and King were both assigned to Bliss and that Williams had completed active-duty this past January.

“This behavior is an affront to the values of the U.S. Army,” Payne told in a statement. “Our sympathies are with those affected by this terrible incident.”

Hill is the third Fort Bliss soldier to face murder charges in recent months.

The court-martial of 24-year-old Pfc. Luis A. Morales-Sanchez began in late January for a laundry list of offenses, including two counts of murder and eight counts of assault.

In October, Capt. Clevy Muchette Nelson-Royster, 27, was arrested in connection to the murder of Capt. Malcolm Xavier Perry as the result of a vehicle ramming earlier that month.

Jared Keller
Jared Keller

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