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Court-martial set for Bragg soldier facing murder charge

Posted May 7, 2011 11:02 a.m. EDT
Updated May 7, 2011 11:06 a.m. EDT

— A Fort Bragg soldier will face a court-martial Monday, exactly a year after the day on which his brother-in-law was slain.

Spc. Eric A. Mead, 26, of Detroit, is charged with premeditated murder, attempted premeditated murder and violation of an order in connection with May 9, 2010, death of Stephen Harris.

Harris was killed May 9 inside Mead's home in the Casablanca housing area on post, authorities said. Mead's wife was injured. Mead was apprehended shortly after the incident at a Fort Bragg checkpoint.

Authorities haven't disclosed how Harris was killed and his sister injured or commented on a possible motive.

The day before the slaying, Mead's unit commander ordered him to stay away from his wife because of previous verbal altercations, authorities said.

Brian Harris, a special agent with the Army Criminal Investigative Command, has said that Mead told him that he heard a voice in his head and had been seeing a therapist for a few months.

His defense attorneys have asked for the videotape of the interview not be allowed as evidence because Mead had requested a lawyerm so the questioning should have stopped.

Mead is an indirect-fire infantryman assigned to 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. He joined the Army in June 2002 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2005 and to Iraq in 2006.