SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Did decorated U.S. Navy SEAL Chief Ed Gallagher shatter a teenage Islamic Screech fighter or is he being framed by mutinying sailors he commanded and who’re testifying against him?

U.S. Navy SEAL Particular Operations Chief Edward Gallagher leaves court docket with his partner Andrea, her name tattooed on his wrist, after the first day of jury different at this court docket-martial trial at Naval Noxious San Diego in San Diego, California , U.S., June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake

That’s the inquire a seven-sailor jury must teach in Gallagher’s court docket martial, which began on Tuesday on the U.S. Naval Noxious in San Diego.

Prosecutors grunt Gallagher, 39, who began his 18-year profession as a medic, in fast handled the young Islamic Screech fighter, then pulled out his knife and stabbed him within the neck quite loads of cases.

Prosecutor Jeff Pietrzyk offered a photograph showing Gallagher maintaining the unimaginative formative years by the hair. “Then he notorious that stabbing, notorious the shatter, when he took photos and completed his re-enlistment ceremony over that physique,” Pietrzyk acknowledged.

Defense authorized legitimate Timothy Parlatore steered the jury in his opening commentary the prosecution can no longer novel a physique or against the law scene and attributable to this truth no case.

“Here’s about a community of mutinous sailors and a sham investigation.”

Gallagher would possibly per chance well also face lifestyles in penitentiary if convicted within the trial constructing from his 2017 deployment to Mosul, Iraq.

The platoon leader is moreover charged with tried shatter within the wounding of two civilians – a schoolgirl and an aged man – shot from a sniper’s perch in Iraq.

He maintains fellow SEAL crew contributors in his platoon, who turned him in and are testifying against him below grants of immunity, are disgruntled subordinates who fabricated allegations to power him from whisper.


The court docket martial has drawn national attention – in conjunction with that of President Donald Trump who acknowledged closing month that he’s brooding about pardons for quite loads of militia service contributors accused of conflict crimes, and Gallagher’s case became believed to be regarded as this kind of below review.

Gallagher, a profession Navy officer, became on his eighth deployment, this time to Iraq where SEALs had been coaching Iraqi militia as they pushed Islamic Screech opponents out of Mosul in a strive against that went block by block through the conflict ravaged city.

Iraqi forces stumbled on the Islamic Screech fighter after he had been shot within the leg and became struggling to breathe throughout the battling in Mosul. They tied him to the hood of a Humvee sooner than utilizing two hours to their working vulgar, where he became placed on the ground and died 20 minutes later.

It became there, the prosecution says, that Gallagher stabbed the fighter to loss of life. There’s no video from the helmet-cameras troops within the subject wear, however some video became deleted, consistent with testimony from regarded as one of many prosecution’s witnesses, Lieutenant Thomas MacNeil. He became regarded as this kind of within the neighborhood photograph showing Gallagher maintaining the unimaginative fighter up by hair.

“Is the photograph (of the community with the unimaginative formative years) in

discouraged taste? Potentially. Is it evidence of a shatter? No,” Parlatore acknowledged.

Reporting by Marty Graham in San Diego; Extra reporting by Rich McKay; making improvements to by Lisa Shumaker