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A Navy SEAL and a Marine Raider charged with murder in connection with the hazing death of Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar are scheduled to appear at an Article 32 hearing on Aug. 5, Navy officials have announced.
Navy Special Operations Chief Tony DeDolph and Gunnery Sgt. Mario Madera-Rodriguez are accused of taking part in the June 2017 assault on Melgar in Bamako, Mali.
The Washington Post previously reported that four U.S. troops, a British special operator, and a Malian security guard intended to bind Melgar and make a video of him being sexually assaulted.
The Navy's top officer has ordered a review of how it investigates and separates sailors for misconduct following former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens recent transfer to the Selected Reserves and other cases, a Navy official confirmed on Friday.
Dan Lamothe of the Washington Post first reported that Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson ordered the 30-day review after Greitens returned to the Navy.
A Navy SEAL who is one of four service members charged in connection with the death of a Green Beret in Mali nearly two years ago will "take full responsibility for his role" in the incident at a hearing next week, his lawyer said.
Chief Special Warfare Officer Adam Matthews has reached a pretrial agreement under which he will be referred to a special court-martial rather than a general one, said his attorney Grover Baxley. The maximum penalty that a special court-martial can impose is one year in prison, reduction in rank to E-1, forfeiture of two-thirds pay for one year, and a bad conduct discharge.
Despite the fact that several special operators are facing murder charges, U.S. Special Operations Command is doing a bang-up job teaching ethics and professionalism, a Pentagon review has found.
ABC News' Luis Martinez first reported that the Defense Department's report to Congress about ethics and professionalism in the special operations community did not discover any "gaps in the administration, oversight, or management of ethics programs or professionalism programs."
Prosecutors could gain an ally in the case of a Navy SEAL accused of executing a young ISIS fighter during the battle of Mosul in 2017 and his commanding officer, who allegedly failed to report the incident.
An attorney for a fellow SEAL has requested immunity for his client in return for testifying that Chief Edward Gallagher called in "false target coordinates to engage a mosque" and put his team at risk, yet Lt. Jacob Portier failed to relieve him on several occasions, Navy Times' Carl Prine first reported.
In the last two hours of his life, Air Force Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman saved the lives of a special operations teams by sacrificing himself to stop the enemy from shooting down a helicopter carrying reinforcements to the battle.