Navy SEAL acquitted of murder in war crimes trial

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Published on July 3, 2019 - Duration: 00:52s

Navy SEAL acquitted of murder in war crimes trial

U.S. Navy SEAL platoon leader Edward Gallagher, charged with committing war crimes in Iraq, was acquitted by a military jury on Tuesday of murder and all other counts except for unlawfully posing with the corpse of a captive Islamic State fighter.

Jillian Kitchener has more.


Navy SEAL acquitted of murder in war crimes trial

Edward Gallagher -- a Navy SEAL platoon leader charged with committing war crimes in Iraq -- was acquitted of murder, Tuesday.

Gallagher was charged with murdering a wounded Islamic State prisoner in his custody -- AND shooting unarmed civilians -- during a 2017 deployment in Iraq.

But in San Diego on Tuesday, a military jury cleared Gallagher on all counts except for unlawfully posing with the corpse of the ISIS fighter โ€“ THAT carries a maximum sentence of four months imprisonment.

Navy authorities said Gallagher has credit for nearly seven months of time already served in pre-trial custody, and now would presumably remain a free man.

Gallagherโ€™s case had caught the attention of President Trump, who has said he is considering pardons for a number of military personnel accused of war crimes.

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