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Military Concerned About Domestic Violence Cases Involving Soldiers

Posted July 23, 2002 1:27 a.m. EDT

— Military officials said they are concerned about the recent number of domestic violence cases involving soldiers at Fort Bragg.

First Sgt. William Wright appeared in court Monday morning. Last week, the Fort Bragg soldier confessed that he killed his wife, Jennifer. On Monday, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office concluded that Wright strangled his wife, stuffed her into two garbage bags and then into a parachute bag and later buried her on the post.

Wright had just returned home from Afghanistan. Many of Wright's friends and family members were in court Monday, wondering why the Fort Bragg soldier would kill his wife.

"I'm not sure. I feel it might have been various things," said Donna Walker, a relative of Wright.

Col. Tad Davis, Fort Bragg's garrison commander, said the stresses on military families since the events of Sept. 11 could be a contributing factor to the number of family violence cases involving Fort Bragg soldiers. Davis also said that help is available for Fort Bragg soldiers, but he wonders if the message is getting out.

"We have got to do a better job of getting the soldiers into the programs with their families. Probably, the second thing that we have to do is heighten the awareness on the part of leadership," he said.

This incident marks the third time in recent weeks that soldiers have been accused of domestic violence.

On Friday, Angela and Sgt. First Class Brandon Floyd were found dead in their home on Carl Freeman Road in Stedman in an apparent murder-suicide.

A preliminary autopsy report states Angela Floyd died of a single gunshot wound.

Investigators said Floyd, assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, shot his wife in the bedroom of their home late Thursday or early Friday before turning the gun on himself.

Co-workers at the sporting goods store where Andrea Floyd worked called authorities when she did not come to work.

Brandon Floyd, on temporary duty for two weeks out of state, had just returned to Fayetteville.

Cumberland County sheriff's deputies and Fort Bragg investigators believe the motive was "domestic related."

The couple's three children were in Ohio with Andrea Floyd's family when the couple died.

In early June, another soldier was charged with stabbing his estranged wife and then setting their home on fire.