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

A Navy SEAL accused of strangling Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges, a Navy official confirmed.

Chief Special Warfare Operator Tony E. DeDolph also requested a trial by a military jury when he was arraigned on Jan. 10, the official said.

DeDolph faces a maximum penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole if he is convicted of murder. His general court-martial is slated to take place between March 23 and April 3.

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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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Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and Rear Adm. Collin Green, the head of Naval Special Warfare Command, have both reportedly vowed that they will either resign or be be fired rather than follow President Donald Trump's instructions to stop all efforts to revoke Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher's trident.

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The Navy has paused proceedings that could strip Eddie Gallagher and three other SEALs of their tridents while the service awaits a written order to formally stand down, a senior Navy official told Task & Purpose on Thursday.

Rear Adm. Collin Green, the head of Naval Special Warfare Command, was expected to decide on the matter after the SEALs appeared before a review board next month. But Trump tweeted on Thursday that Gallagher was in no danger of losing his trident, a sacred symbol of being part of the SEAL community.

"The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher's Trident Pin," the president tweeted. "This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!"

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President Donald Trump has nixed any effort by the Navy to excommunicate Eddie Gallagher from the SEAL community.

"The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher's Trident Pin," the president tweeted on Thursday. "This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!"

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper was tightliped on Wednesday on what he recommended to President Donald Trump about possibly exonerating three service members accused or convicted of war crimes.

Trump could order the Army to dismiss charges against Maj. Matthew Golsteyn and former 1st Lt. Clint Lorance as well as tell the Navy to restore Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher's rank as a chief petty officer, Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth said on Monday's edition of Fox & Friends.

"I had a robust discussion with the president yesterday and I offered – as I do in all matters – the facts, the options, my advice, the recommendations and we'll see how things play out," Esper told reporters on Wednesday after meeting with a Qatari official.

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