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Two soldiers charged in Army medic's death

Posted November 30, 2010

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— Two Fort Bragg soldiers have been charged in the July death of an Army medic in Iraq, officials said Tuesday.

Spc. Nicholas Bailey was charged Nov. 24 with involuntary manslaughter, conspiring to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice and providing a false statement. Spc. Tyler Cain was charged with conspiring to obstruct justice and three counts of providing false statements.

Spc. Morganne M. McBeth, 19, of Fredericksburg, Va., died July 2 in Al Asad, Iraq, of injuries sustained a day earlier in a non-combat-related incident in Khan Al Baghdadi, Iraq, according to a military statement issued at the time of her death.

The Army initially investigated the death as an accident, but a spokesman for the Army's Criminal Investigative Command said two weeks ago that investigators were treating the case as a homicide because they didn't believe the statements they were given.

McBeth's parents have said that the Army told them three different version of how their daughter died. First, officials said she accidentally stabbed herself. Then, they said she was accidentally stabbed by another soldier. Finally, they said two other soldiers killed her.

McBeth was a combat medic assigned to 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. The brigade deployed to Iraq in August 2009.

Bailey and Cain are assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team.

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  • spidermunkee Dec 3, 2010

    What is wrong with people? Our soldiers are fighting as hard as they can against the enemy. Don't you think they have enough to worry about. They are supposed to help each other return home safely. Are they now going to have look at the one beside them and wonder if they're plotting something? Please don't come at me with PTSD. That's like an insanity plea, if you don't know what you did was wrong, you don't know to lie about it. I know PTSD is real but it is blamed alot of times just because someone did something wrong and thinks it'll get them a lighter sentence or get them off the hook completely. Am I alone in the way I feel? Please let me know.

  • frankbad15 Dec 1, 2010

    These charges dont fit the crime, it looks like they aren't getting charged with what they should be charged with murder...

    Whats up with that