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Two soldiers charged in Army medic's death

Posted November 30, 2010 6:50 p.m. EST
Updated November 30, 2010 7:04 p.m. EST

— 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.