Fort Bliss soldier charged with two counts of murder and laundry list of other offenses

The soldier faces more than a dozen charges.
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A Fort Bliss soldier’s court-martial begins on Monday for a laundry list of offenses, including two counts of murder and eight counts of assault.

Pfc. Luis A. Morales-Sanchez, 24, has been charged with two counts of murder; eight counts of assault; two counts of wrongful use, possession of a controlled substance; four counts of willfully disobeying a superior officer; two counts of obstructing justice; two counts of attempting to violate a military protective order; one count of making a false statement; one count of stalking; one count of reckless endangerment; and two counts of adultery.

The soldier was arraigned before a military judge in June 2020. Former division commander Brig. Gen. Matthew L. Eichburg personally ordered the referral of charges against Morales-Sanchez to a general court-martial in May 2020, a Fort Bliss official said.

Morales-Sanchez’s defense attorney was not immediately available for comment. Lt. Col. Allie Payne, an Army spokesperson, said the charge sheet detailing Morales-Sanchez’s alleged offenses was not yet available for release.

Morales-Sanchez, a motor transport operator assigned to 3-501st Assault Battalion, 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade, joined the Army in March 2017. Fort Bliss is his first duty station.

Fort Bliss and the 1st Armored Division “remain committed to maintaining the integrity and impartiality of the military justice system,” Payne said. “As a reminder to the Fort Bliss community, charges are merely accusations and PFC Morales-Sanchez, like all Americans, is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

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