Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar (U.S. Army photo)

A Navy SEAL and Marine Raider charged with murder in connection with the death of Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar will face a general court-martial this spring, the Navy has announced.

The trial for Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator Tony E. Dedolph, who is accused of placing Melgar in a chokehold until he died, is expected to last from March 23 to April 3, according to Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Mario A. Madero-Rodriguez's court-martial is slated to last from April 20 until May 1.

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The U.S.-led military coalition fighting ISIS has ruled out friendly fire as the cause of death for Gunnery Sgt. Scott Koppenhafer, a Marine Raider who was killed on Aug. 10 near an Iraqi island on which U.S. and Iraqi forces later dropped 80,000 pounds of munitions, officials confirmed.

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U.S. Marine Corps

The Department of Defense has identified a Marine Raider who was killed in action over the weekend in Iraq.

On Aug. 10, 2019 Marine Gunnery Sgt. Scott A. Koppenhafer, 35, was killed after "being engaged by enemy small arms fire while conducting combat operations" in support of Iraqi Security Forces according to an Aug. 11 statement from the Pentagon. The incident remains under investigation.

He is survived by his wife and two children

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(U.S. Army photo)

NORFOLK, Va. -- They called it Operation Tossed Salad and the hasty plan, concocted over several hours at various clubs in Bamako, Mali, was to haze an Army Green Beret.

Instead, Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar died sometime in the early morning of June 4, 2017, after four special operators broke into his room while he was sleeping, taped him up, placed him in a chokehold, then tried to cover up their actions. On Monday, a Navy SEAL and Marine Raider, the last of four service members currently charged in the case, made their first court appearances in front a preliminary hearing officer at Naval Station Norfolk, who will help determine whether there is enough evidence for the military to pursue the case.

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Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar (U.S. Army photo)

An NCIS agent was removed from the investigation into the June 2017 hazing death of Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar for reportedly having a romantic relationship with a witness.

The Daily Beast reporter Kevin Maurer first reported that defense attorneys for two of the special operators charged with murder and other offenses in connection with Melgar's death will argue that the NCIS agent became romantically involved with the witness, who worked in the intelligence community.

NCIS spokesman Jeff Houston confirmed to Task & Purpose that an agent had been removed from the case but he declined to say why.

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The casket of Marine Private First Class Robert Graham is carried into St.Elizabeth Ann Seton Church by members of the New York City Police Department on Friday, April 26, 2019 in Shrub Oak, NY. (AP Photo/Allyse Pulliam)

Last week, hundreds of people gathered in Shrub Oak, New York to attend the funeral of Robert Graham, a 97-year-old veteran who served in the Pacific as a Marine Raider during World War II. The attendees came from all across the state, many were veterans themselves, and few if any of them had ever met Graham.

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