Posted on Wed, Jun. 29, 2011
last updated: March 15, 2013 11:58:22 AM
The attorney for a soldier and alleged member of a so-called Afghan kill team used a hearing Monday and Tuesday to stage an all-out assault on the governments key witness in the case.
The witness, Pvt. Jeremy Morlock, has told investigators that Spc. Michael Wagnon consented to the murder of an unarmed villager Feb. 22, 2010. Morlock and Wagnon were Stryker brigade platoon-mates from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. They and three others are charged in a conspiracy for allegedly murdering three noncombatants during their 2009-10 deployment to southern Afghanistan.
Wagnons attorney, Colby Vokey, told the investigating officer he should disregard Morlocks statement based on Morlocks history of substance abuse, other troubles and contradictory statements to investigators.
Vokey said Morlock changed his story to win the best plea deal from prosecutors. He described him as the least credible witness hed encountered in more than a decade practicing military law.
The truth to Morlock has become what he can make it, what he can manipulate it to be, Vokey said during his closing statement Tuesday.
Morlock maintained that he told the truth. He pleaded guilty to all three murders and agreed to testify against other soldiers in exchange for a 23-year prison sentence.
Morlocks testimony took up the bulk of Wagnons Article 32 hearing, the military equivalent of a grand jury.
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