Army captain in South Korea to face trial in wife’s killing
September 13, 2008
PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — Army Capt. Christopher Gray will face court-martial on charges he killed his wife, the U.S. military in South Korea said Thursday.
Gray has been in pretrial confinement at Camp Humphreys since May 9, the day his wife’s severely decomposed body was found off a roadside in Waegwan.
Prosecutors have accused Gray of killing his 27-year-old wife, Lea Gray, on April 20 in their Camp George apartment in Daegu with a lethal dose of an over-the-counter medication, then stuffing her body in a suitcase and depositing the corpse north of town.
Those accusations came last month during a two-day pretrial hearing at Camp Henry. Prosecutors said Gray killed her because he was outraged by her continual marital infidelity and deceit.
Gray is charged with premeditated murder, obstruction of justice and conduct unbecoming an officer.
Brig. Gen. Xavier P. Lobeto, commander of the 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and convening authority in the case, ordered on Tuesday that Gray go to trial, said Maj. LaTondra Anderson, command spokeswoman.
Gray was notified of the referral Wednesday, Anderson said Thursday. He will remain in confinement until his trial date is set.
Lobeto made the decision after reviewing the report of the investigating officer assigned to conduct last month’s pretrial hearing, Marine Maj. Stephen Keane.
Keane recommended the case go to trial, said Anderson, but under the U.S. military’s legal system, the decision rests with the convening authority.
Gray had been assigned as assistant operations officer with the 25th Transportation Battalion at Camp Henry.
A medical examiner testified at last month’s hearing that Lea Gray died of a toxic dose of diphenydramine, an antihistamine.
Gray’s chief defense lawyer, civilian Richard V. Stevens, contended at the hearing that Army Criminal Investigation Command agents failed to advise Gray of his rights when they questioned him April 25. He warned that could become a point of contention as the case proceeds.