Second Marine to face court martial in urination incident
One of the Marines accused of urinating on the body of a dead Taliban fighter will face court martial Wednesday in North Carolina. Staff Sgt. Edward W. Deptola is charged with several violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for the incident, including being derelict in his duties by failing to properly supervise junior Marines, failing to report the negligent discharge of a grenade launcher and wrongfully and indiscriminately firing a recovered enemy machine gun, according to a Marine Corps news release.
The incident happened during an operation in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in July 2011. A video of part of the incident was posted on YouTube in January 2012.
Last month, Marine Staff Sgt. Joseph W. Chamblin pleaded guilty to urinating on a Taliban corpse, wrongfully posing for photographs with dead bodies and failing to properly supervise junior Marines.
Deptola is assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, N.C.