Marines spokesman: 18-year-old accused of killing grandmother had no medical or moral waivers in his file
Just days after his nephew was accused of killing his mother, Mitchell Evans said his entire family is trying to process how the tragedy happened.Posted — Updated
“She is a beautiful woman,” Mitchell Evans said. “She told me, she said, ‘I'm his rock, and I'm the only one that he can come to.’"
A spokesman for the United States Marine Corps told WRAL News in a statement Wednesday that Caesar had no medical or moral waivers in his recruitment file.
"If the alleged medical condition had been reported when asked during Department of Defense and Marine Corps standardized screening processes, it would have been documented and assessed by competent military medical professionals to determine the individual's potential fitness for duty," the spokesman said in a statement. "When it comes to medical records, due to associated privacy laws, we are reliant on the applicant willfully disclosing and sharing that information."
Evans said recently he "had a gut feeling that something wasn't right." According to his family, Caesar was supposed to be on active duty with the Marine Corps.
Marine Corps officials said he was part of an aviation unit in Fort Benning, Ga., but had been classified as a deserter since April 1.
“She talked to Isaiah,” he said. “I don't know what happened. We suspect that there was some type of struggle, and he didn't want to go back and then that's what happened.”
Deputies located Caesar at a local hotel in the Rocky Mount area after using Ms. Evans' credit card to purchase a room, and he was taken into custody.
“She had away and a knack of making you cut through all that hate anger regret and sometimes hate,” Evans said.
Caesar's next court date is on May 16.
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