Saturday, April 29, 2006


Here's the latest on the case of Alberto Martinez, the National Guard soldier accused of murdering two of his officers in Iraq.
Fort Bragg, N.C. - A hearing officer recommended yesterday that additional charges be sent to trial against a New York National Guard sergeant already accused of killing two officers in Iraq.

Col. Patrick K. Reinert recommended that charges against Staff Sgt. Alberto B. Martinez of Troy, N.Y., of failure to obey orders and giving military office equipment to an Iraqi be combined for trial with murder charges.

Martinez is charged with killing company commander Capt. Phillip T. Esposito, 30, of Suffern, N.Y., and the company operations officer, 1st Lt. Louis E. Allen, 34, of Milford, Pa. Esposito and Allen were killed June 7 when a mine and grenades exploded in their room. More than a dozen of their officers' relatives attended the hearing.

You can read the rest here. The news media's lack of interest in this story is making it hard to track. Fortunately, I've received some good intel on the case from alert readers who are following the story. I'll keep you posted as I become aware of developments.

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