An active-duty Air Force airman accused in the death of a local American living in Germany has been acquitted in the case.
Chris Matyszyk, 36, died Jan. 12, nearly two weeks after suffering a fatal punch to the face outside a pub in the German town of Landstuhl, near Ramstein.
His father, Don Matyszyk of Summerville, earlier this month had flown to Germany to attend the court martial of Airman 1st Class Franklin Lucas — the man identified as throwing the punch. He faced a charge of involuntary manslaughter.
Here’s an earlier report on the case.
Retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Don Matyszyk was looking forward to August when his son was going to return home from Germany.
This Memorial Day Weekend, Americans remember not only our fallen soldiers, but also soldiers currently fighting in hostile lands under atrocious conditions. But there’s another duty upon us as Americans with a debt of gratitude to our armed forces.
We must recognize the travesties of U.S. military justice that have tried, convicted, jailed and repeatedly denied clemency to all too many brave Americans, the same brave Americans who have fought our wars only to be unfairly charged with "murder" in the war zone.
An investigation into the death of a Greenfield soldier in Afghanistan last year could not pinpoint a specific cause of death, but the Army believes drugs and alcohol may have played a role.
Army Spc. Eduardo Silva "wrongfully used opiates," according to a report by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command based on toxicological examinations that found traces of the substance in his system.