A Stryker soldier accused of committing war crimes in Afghanistan will be tried at a general court-martial, the Army announced Friday.
Spc. Adam Winfield is one of five soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord who allegedly murdered civilians during their recent deployment with the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. Seven more of their platoon mates are charged with lesser crimes.
It’s not clear yet when Winfield, 22, of Cape Coral, Fla., will appear in court to face charges that he murdered an Afghan civilian, assaulted unarmed Afghans, participated in a conspiracy to harm Afghans and used drugs during his deployment at Forward Operating Base Ramrod.
The news that he would face a court-martial was expected. Winfield last week waived a pretrial hearing that he could have used to gather evidence for his defense.
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Winfield wants a plea deal that would limit his sentence but require him to testify against his codefendants. His attorney has described him as an unwilling participant in a kill scheme orchestrated by Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, who allegedly had threatened Winfield earlier in their deployment.
Gibbs is accused of killing three Afghan civilians between January and May; Winfield was implicated in the May killing. The Army has not announced whether Gibbs will face a court-martial.
Winfield contacted his family in February to raise his fears about Gibbs and suspicious killings in their platoon. His father called Joint Base Lewis-McChord, but was told nothing could be done until the brigade finished its deployment in July.
On Monday, a soldier in a related case is expected to appear in a Joint Base Lewis-McChord court for a pre-trial hearing that could determine whether he faces a court-martial.
Spc. Corey Moore, 22, of Redondo Beach, Calif., is accused of assaulting a private who blew the whistle on drug use in their platoon, smoking hashish during his deployment and stabbing a corpse.