Navy prosecutors are nonetheless pursuing homicide costs in opposition to Particular Operations Chief Edward Gallagher even after bombshell testimony Thursday by a Navy colleague who confessed that he was the one to kill the teenage Islamic State fighter.
Particular Operator 1st Class Corey Scott, a SEAL Group Seven medic, testifying for the prosecution below an immunity settlement, informed the courtroom that he held his “thumb over his TT tube till he stop respiration,” admitting that he asphyxiated the captive, regardless of saying that he noticed Gallagher stab the boy in his neck.
MEDIC TESTIFIES THAT HE, NOT NAVY SEAL EDDIE GALLAGHER, WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR ISIS FIGHTER’S DEATH
When cross-examined by the protection, Scott mentioned he killed the fighter as a result of he knew “he was going to die anyhow.”
“I wished to save lots of him from what was going to occur to him subsequent,” Scott mentioned, referring to alleged torture by Iraqi captors.
Gallagher served 9 months in jail awaiting trial within the deadly stabbing of the 15-year previous ISIS fighter in Iraq in 2017. He has additionally been accused of taking pictures two civilians in the identical yr, and opening fireplace on crowds, all claims he has vociferously denied.
Gallagher’s lawyer Tim Parlatore, mentioned at a information convention he’s “anticipating a not-guilty verdict” after Scott’s testimony.
Prosecutors are actually treating Scott as a hostile witness, saying that he didn’t disclose that he was the one to asphyxiate the ISIS fighter in his pre-trial interviews and is simply doing so now as a result of he has an immunity deal and does not wish to see his colleague go to jail.
Gallagher, a adorned naval officer with 19 years of service who earned a Bronze Star with V for Valor twice, a Meritorious Unit Commendation and a trio of Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals, was joined by his spouse and two kids exterior the courtroom Thursday.
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“We have been patiently ready for the reality to return out and we have heard from lots of people who’re intent and have colluded for over two years to take down my husband, so to listen to at the moment that somebody lastly had the bravery to face up for the reality was refreshing in spite of everything of those years,” Andrea Gallagher mentioned at a press convention.
“That is in all probability the worst-case situation of what you could possibly count on as a navy household after practically 20 years of service,” she added.