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Soldier Charged in 1995 Attack at Bragg Returns to Court

Posted June 8, 2007

— Almost 12 years after he is accused of opening fire on his unit at Fort Bragg, a soldier returned to court Friday to begin the court-martial process a second time.

Sgt. William J. Kreutzer Jr. was arraigned Friday morning on one specification of premeditated murder and 18 specifications of attempted murder, as well as one specification of violating a general order by transporting weapons on post and one specification of larceny of government property.

The charges stem from an Oct. 27, 1995, shooting at Towel Stadium of members of the 2nd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division. Maj. Stephen Mark Badger was killed and 18 other soldiers were wounded in the ambush attack, which came during an early-morning  run by hundreds of paratroopers.

Two Special Operations soldiers tackled Kreutzer, who they said was firing on his comrades from some nearby woods.

Kreutzer admitted in a June 1996 trial that he opened fire on the troops, but his original attorneys argued that he had mental problems stemming from harassment by soldiers under his command.

Soldiers referred to him as "Crazy Kreutzer," noting his love for guns and lack of a social life. An Army doctor testified that he had a mixture of paranoia and narcissistic traits.

Kreutzer was convicted in the 1996 trial of premeditated murder and 18 counts of attempted murder and was sentenced to death. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces overturned the conviction and death sentence in August 2005, ruling that Kreutzer's defense attorney was ineffective and that the military judge handling the trial erred in denying mitigating testimony.

Kreutzer, who has been appointed two new military attorneys, didn't enter a plea Friday.

His trial has been set for next April 1, but authorities said he could negotiate a plea deal before then to avoid the death penalty.


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  • missy3550 yahoo.com Jun 9, 2007


  • richard2 Jun 9, 2007

    Why isn't he already dead?

  • Worland Jun 8, 2007

    alwaysCool--DESERT STORM was in 1991 (I know, I was there). Our murderous Sgt. Kreutzer was not in the military in 1991 and did not go on his killing spree until 1995, so your Iraq connection is about 4 years and a Clinton short.

  • alwaysCool Jun 8, 2007

    Did not this incident happen after the last war we had in Iraq? If so, then I can understand as to why he snaped. Look at the Soldiers that are returning and see what quality of care they are not receiving.

  • Doctor Dataclerk Jun 8, 2007

    Make him an IED detector in Iraq. Put a pair of snow shoes on him and let him do double time in front of a convoy.

  • Go Golf Jun 8, 2007

    Hey they let rapist and murders go all the time it's all in how much money you have HE :')

  • hdsoftail Jun 8, 2007

    Yes, This guy should already be hanging from the nearest tree!!!!
    Dont understand our system sometimes

  • Huey Jun 8, 2007

    Yes, another in your face example of just how pathetic our
    American system of justice has become. Every day we are
    treated to new examples - from Paris Hilton to this. When
    I hear the word JUDGE now my first thoughts are not nice.
    When did judges get the right to start ruling this country?

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Jun 8, 2007

    another travesty of justice...this guy shouldn't still be wandering around.

  • none123 Jun 8, 2007

    Why do these punks get off on these technicalities? Juice him already!