Stryker brigade soldiers were open to talk of using drop weapons to murder Afghan civilians last year because it fit into other discussions about whether theyd need to plant evidence on legitimate killings to justify battlefield decisions, a private whos pleaded guilty to murdering noncombatants testified today.
It wasnt so far-fetched, Pvt. Jeremy Morlock said in court at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The idea of drop weapons had always been around. It was a different spin that these werent drop weapons to cover your (expletive). These were drop weapons to kill someone.
Morlocks on the witness stand today testifying at a pretrial hearing for Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, the Lewis-McChord soldier who allegedly first raised the idea of murdering Afghans in combat-like scenarios during his deployment with the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.
Gibbs of Billings, Mont., is accused of murdering three Afghans, keeping body parts as war souvenirs and assaulting the private who blew the whistle on misconduct in their platoon. He maintains hes innocent, and contends the killings took place in legitimate combat.
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