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Attorneys Ask for Dismissal of Lesser Charges in Bragg Ambush Attack

Posted October 29, 2007

— Attorneys for a soldier charged in a 1995 shooting rampage at Fort Bragg that killed an officer and injured 18 soldiers asked Monday that some charges against him be dropped.

Sgt. William Kreutzer is charged with one specification of premeditated murder, 18 specifications of attempted murder, one specification of violating a general order by transporting weapons on post and one specification of larceny of government property.

In a motions hearing Monday, defense attorneys asked that charges of aggravated assault and maiming be dropped, saying they are included in the murder and attempted murder charges. The military judge didn't rule on the request.

Members of the 2nd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division were on a morning run at Towle Stadium on Oct. 27, 1995, when someone opened fire on them from some nearby woods. Maj. Stephen Mark Badger died, and 18 others were wounded in the ambush attack.

Kreutzer was convicted in a 1996 trial and was sentenced to death. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces threw out the conviction, citing the ineffectiveness of the defense counsel and an error by the military judge handling the trial in denying mitigating testimony.

A retrial has been scheduled for next April.

Kreutzer's current defense team has argued that the shooting wasn't premeditated murder. Lawyers said Kreutzer was depressed and tried to commit "suicide by cop" by provoking military police into shooting him.


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  • Xscout577 Oct 31, 2007

    "Lawyers said Kreutzer was depressed and tried to commit "suicide by cop" by provoking military police into shooting him."

    By God, grant him NOW what he wanted THEN. Put his cowardice "bu tt" in front of a Firing Squad & send him on his way!
    Sorry, folks, I'm "Old School". I dont buy into the Politically Correctness of today's society. Obviously somebody does, though.
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  • doubletrouble Oct 29, 2007

    Our insane criminal justice system, or in this case, military system at work. I quess that's the reason I am not a lawyer- there is no way I could try to defend a person such as this, and go to sleep every night.

  • Jokers Wild II Oct 29, 2007

    wow, im suprised he lived this long!

  • notaproblem Oct 29, 2007

    His excuse is he was wanting to be shot and killed by the military police... why then did he have to shoot anyone, couldn't he have shot close to them and still have gotten the same results but actually not killed anyone as he is claiming he was trying to do?

  • Gandalf The White Oct 29, 2007

    Here's another one for WRAL to delete. Put him against a wall and execute him.

  • Politically Honest NOT PC Oct 29, 2007

    I agree with the insanity plea. WHAT sane person would take another person's life without provocation ?

  • BlowupDollWithChatAmbitions Oct 29, 2007

    *I had just dropped off my then boyfriend and he was headed in the direction of the shooting.*

  • BlowupDollWithChatAmbitions Oct 29, 2007

    I was on base just 2 blocks away when he began his shooting spree, and I was terrified. I had just dropped off my then boyfriend and it took he was headed in the direction of the shooting. It took hours for me to find out that he was alright. I say the original veridict fits the crime.

  • FragmentFour Oct 29, 2007

    Okay - somebody please explain this to me. If somebody decides to commit suicide by having the police shoot him, and kills somebody else to make the police shoot him... isn't that premeditated murder?

  • readme Oct 29, 2007

    Personally, as someone who has served, and was serving in 1996 when this happened, I think the punishment fits the crime even if it's not "premeditated". It was premeditated anyway, so his argument is invalid either way.