A few days after the prosecution and the defense made closing arguments in the war crimes trial of Navy SEAL Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, 40, a military jury decided on Tuesday to acquit Gallagher of premeditated murder and attempted murder charges. Gallagher was acquitted of all charges except the one for posing for a picture with the corpse of a dead ISIS prisoner.
U.S. Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher acquitted in war crimes trail in San Diego of murder and all other charges except posing in photos of Iraqi captive.
— Idrees Ali (@idreesali114) July 2, 2019
Gallagher’s court martial stemmed from allegations that in 2017 he stabbed and killed a 17-year-old ISIS militant who was in U.S. custody as a prisoner. The charge related to the photograph is punishable by up to four months behind bars, but Gallagher was already jailed 201 days pre-trial and will be credited for time served.
#BREAKING: Verdict in Eddie Gallagher court-martial. Only found guilty for posing with photos of dead Islamic State fighter. Maximum sentence of 4 months, he will get credit for serving 201 days pre-trial. @CourthouseNews
— Bianca Bruno (@BiancaDBruno) July 2, 2019
This is a developing story.
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