Trust game leaves 1 dead, 3 in jail

Is the title of an article by Trista Talton – Staff writer, Marine Corps Times.
Posted : Monday Sep 21, 2009 6:26:12 EDT

It was supposed to be a game.

But now Nelson, 25, will spend the next eight years in prison for killing Malone with an accidental gunshot to the forehead — the result of a game gone terribly wrong, a game he and his fellow members of 2nd section, Scout Platoon, 2nd Tank Battalion, called “Trust.”

Nelson pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and seven counts of reckless endangerment Sept. 10 at a general court-martial at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

He is the third member of the unit to be court-martialed for crimes related to playing the game, along with another corporal and a Navy corpsman second class. A fourth member, a sergeant, is awaiting trial. More could still be charged.