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North County Times reports:  All defense appeals in the case of a Camp Pendleton Marine accused of manslaughter in the deaths of nine Iraqis have been exhausted and his trial date has been set.

Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich is scheduled to go on trial at the base on Jan. 4.

The Judge’s Bench, from Grand Forks AB reports various Article 15’s.  I thought this one of interest.

A staff sergeant from the 319th Security Forces Squadron received an Article 15 for wrongfully using Codeine (in cough syrup) a Schedule V controlled substance. The following punishment was imposed: Reduction to the grade of senior airman (suspended) and a reprimand.

EastMeadowPatch reports on:  Shortly after Kyle Antonacci testifies against friend accused of rape, he is found dead at Naval Station Great Lakes.

This is a second part of five parts in a series investigating the death, which the family believes was a murder.

Part 1: Family: Navy Son’s Death Was Murder
When Lake County Coroner’s officials arrived on the scene, they too had doubts about how Kyle died. The details have haunted the Antonaccis ever since.

Part 2: Rape Trial Leads to Navy Seaman’s Death on Navy Base
Shortly before his death in early 2010, Kyle testified in a rape trial against one of his close friends on the base. But what transpired outside of the courtroom has his parents concerned.

Part 3: Navy Seaman Acting as NCIS Informant on Day of Death
Not long after the trial, officials accused Kyle of lying on the stand. After revealing his secret, he agreed to work undercover against his friend’s accuser.

Part 4: Family Exhumes Navy Seaman’s Body to Investigate Death
Seeking more information about their son’s death, Kyle’s parents have his body exhumed from Long Island National Cemetery. What they found — or, rather, what they didn’t find — could have determined whether Kyle’s death was a suicide or homicide.

Part 5: Family Says Navy Son’s Remains Were Disrespected
During the second autopsy, the Antonaccis also discovered issues with the way Kyle’s body was prepared for burial — issues that interfered with them learning more about his death.

A combination of red flags have led the Antonaccis to believe their son was murdered at Great Lakes Naval Station and fear the base is trying to cover it up. In attempt to make sure that doesn’t happen, they’ve pledged to continue their own investigation until the truth is revealed.

Army Times reports:   Authorities have searched two central Kentucky lakes for evidence days before a Fort Campbell soldier accused of a double slaying is scheduled to face a second Article 32 hearing.  The Army charged Sgt. Brent Burke with two counts of murder after civilian authorities in Hardin County dismissed charges against him due to four mistrials.

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