Fort Bliss soldier faces murder charge in shooting death of fellow sergeant
Stars and Stripes April 7, 2023
A Fort Bliss soldier was arraigned this week on a murder charge for a killing that occurred three years ago at the Texas base, according to court records.
Sgt. Carmen J. Ironhawk is accused of shooting and killing another Army sergeant on Dec. 22, 2019, at or near Fort Bliss, according to the charge sheet. Fort Bliss redacted the name of the victim from the document.
Ironhawk pleaded not guilty at an arraignment Monday before Col. Robert Shuck, a military judge for the 4th Judicial Circuit. She is not under confinement while she awaits a court-martial with a jury panel scheduled for Nov. 6, according to court documents.
Two additional court hearings are scheduled for Ironhawk in June and October, according to online court records.
Ironhawk is assigned to the 1st Armored Division, though Lt. Col. Kimbia Rey, spokeswoman for the division, declined to provide her service information or answer any questions about the case.
“[The] basis for denying is that the requested information could affect the findings of a court-martial and otherwise prejudice the due administration of military justice,” she said.
Sherilyn Bunn, a civilian attorney identified as representing Ironhawk in online court records, did not respond to calls.
Jeffrey Castro, spokesman for the Army Criminal Investigation Division, also declined to comment on the case, citing an ongoing investigation and pending legal proceedings.