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Bragg soldier guilty of lying about medic's death

Posted April 6, 2011

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— A Fort Bragg soldier was convicted Tuesday in a military trial of conspiracy and lying to military investigators looking into the death of an Army medic in Iraq last year.

Spc. Tyler Cain, 21, was found guilty of conspiring to obstruct justice and two counts of giving false statements. He was sentenced Wednesday to 45 days of confinement and was dropped in rank to private.

Spc. Morganne McBeth, 19, died July 2 at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq after being stabbed in the chest in a non-combat incident, authorities said.

The Army initially investigated McBeth's death as an accident, but the Criminal Investigative Command said in November that investigators were treating the case as a homicide because they didn't believe the statements they had been given.

Spc. Nicholas Bailey has been charged with negligent homicide, involuntary manslaughter, conspiring to obstruct justice and giving false statements in the case. His court-martial is scheduled for May 24.

Prosecutors said Cain claimed in three statements that Bailey stabbed a poster on a wall with his knife and had to use a lot of force to get it out of the wall. When the knife finally broke free, it struck McBeth, who had just walked behind him, according to his statements.

In a fourth statement, Cain changed his story, saying that Bailey had been wildly flailing the knife around, struck the wall and then accidentally stabbed McBeth when he turned around, according to prosecutors.


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  • jdpike13 Apr 7, 2011

    If you read the story, you will realize Spc. Tyler Cain got 45 days and deranked, Spc. Nicholas Bailey is the one who actually killed her, his court martial isn't until May 24.

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Apr 6, 2011

    The lightness of the sentence indicates that the military is looking at this as an accident. You can get this type of punishment with a field grade Article 15 - a nonjudicial punishment lower than a courts-martial.

    Bailey was acting macho and did something stupid. He's got to live with it, but trying to hide his stupidity disrespects the soldier he killed.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Apr 6, 2011

    cstone - "( the new army)"

    Was sometimes worse for women in the old army. In so many cases, women really weren't wanted in the old military, so they were set up for failure or death.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Apr 6, 2011

    Sounds like what happened in the movie Courage Under Fire.

    Art imitates life.

    Blessed the truth has been revealed, but 45 days is a joke.

  • cstone13c13 Apr 6, 2011

    Suppost to b there for her & lied about what happen to her figures! ( the new army)

  • hollylama Apr 6, 2011

    Such a beautiful life lost...Prayers for the Lost!

  • bombayrunner Apr 6, 2011

    What a mess. It is nice to know you do not have to be Pat Tillman to get justice.

    Obviously this looks like they were all goofing around and someone got killed then tried to hide it and all got caught. duh!

  • u stand corrected Apr 6, 2011

    He will be dealt with.

  • raggy831 Apr 6, 2011

    still lots of questions unanswered!

  • frankbad15 Apr 6, 2011

    Not sure if this still adds up??