SAN DIEGO — The Navy SEAL who raised nearly $750,000 from a community of supporters to successfully fight war crimes charges in a San Diego court-martial is again asking for the public's help for one more round with the Navy.
Chief Eddie Gallagher, through an attorney, is asking the public to help him persuade a Navy admiral to reduce his jury-imposed punishment for posing with the body of a dead Islamic State fighter in 2017.
Specifically, he's looking for other service members who have received punishment for taking photos with dead enemy combatants — and received a lesser sentence.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — The military judge in the war crimes trial of Navy Chief Eddie Gallagher said that some witnesses offered "inconsistent" testimony, but it was solely up to the jury to "determine the believability" as they deliberate over whether the veteran SEAL murdered a wounded ISIS fighter or shot at innocent civilians in Iraq in 2017.
Both sides in the case presented their closing arguments before a jury of five Marines and two sailors on Monday. They will now decide Gallagher's fate after nearly two weeks of testimony.