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The murder case against a decorated former Green Beret charged in the 2010 killing of an unarmed suspect Taliban bombmaker is going to be a trial of the general court-martial, Army officials said Wednesday.
Maj. Matthew Category and referred the case to the trial by Lt. Gen. Francis M. Beaudette, to the commanding general for the us Army Special Operations Command, the officials said.
“U. S. Army Special Operations Command adheres to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the procedures which guarantee the rights of the accused and the interests of justice,” the Army Special Operations Command said in a statement.
Category facing years of on-and off-Military investigation over the alleged premeditated killing during his third deployment to Afghanistan with the 3rd Special Forces Group. Two Marines working with his unit during an intense battle in Marja were killed by booby-trapped explosives in that time.
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Category, with the rank of captain at the time of the dead, and by his men later found a suspected Taliban bombmaker who is not on a list of targets the US troops were authorised to kill. The man refused to talk with the researchers.
The Army began research into Category, after he allegedly told the CIA in an interview that he and another soldier took the alleged bombmaker off base, shot him and buried his remains. He was eventually removed from the Special Forces and stripped of his Silver Star, the military’s third-highest award for combat valor.
The case attracted the attention of President Trump, who tweeted in December that he would see.
“At the request of many, I will be reviewing the case of a “AMERICAN Military hero,” Major Matt Category, which is charged with the murder. He may face the death penalty of our own government, after he admitted to the killing of a Terrorist bomb maker in the foreign country. @PeteHegseth @FoxNews,” he said.
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One of the Army investigators assigned to the case, the SFC Mark A Delacruz, recently pleaded guilty to wearing medals he did not earn, such as a Purple Heart and the Air Assault badge, among other charges, Military officials told Fox News.
Category’s lawyer, Phil Stackhouse, said that the researcher’s deception has made with his action suspicious.
“You have to give pause about their credibility and integrity, which he previously told Fox News.
A first date is not yet determined.
Fox News reporter Christopher Carbone contributed to this report.