Stryker solder faces judge Monday in civilian Afghan slayings

The first of five Stryker soldiers accused of murdering civilians in Afghanistan will appear before a military judge Monday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to help determine whether he’ll stand trial.

Spc. Jeremy Morlock, 22, of Wasilla, Alaska, is alleged to be one of the ringleaders in a group in the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, accused of creating scenarios to kill civilians in combat-like incidents.

He and Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs of Billings, Mont., are accused of committing three murders, as well as other charges related to alleged drug use and attempts to stifle an investigation into their platoon.

Three other soldiers allegedly had a hand in the murders, with each accused of being involved in one killing. They have denied being part of a conspiracy to kill civilians in Afghanistan, where the brigade finished a yearlong deployment this summer.

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