Nearly two years after prosecutors in Jacksonville decided not to charge anyone in the gunfight that killed a club owner outside his bar north of Springfield, the Navy has acquitted a sailor of murder in the case.
Navy prosecutors would only say they had believed the case should be pursued.
"Jacksonville authorities had reviewed the case and decided not to prosecute under Florida law," a statement from the Navy’s Norfolk public affairs office said.
"Navy authorities made an independent decision that the case merited prosecution under the Uniform Code of Military Justice."
So, a military panel acquitted in a court-martial where only a two—thirds majority of those voting is required to convict, the Jacksonville police found the case a justifiable homicide, the state prosecutor isn’t sure, but the trial counsel are. So, is there a direct or indirect criticism of the members here? If so, is that allowed?