2nd servicemember will face trial in AFN broadcaster's death

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 25, 2014

A second servicemember will face court-martial in connection with the death of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov, an American Forces Network broadcaster who was found killed in December, an Army spokesman said.

Army Spc. Cody A. Kramer, 24, who worked with Chepusov at AFN-Europe, will be tried by general court-martial on charges of making a false official statement and deliberately concealing his knowledge of a serious offense, said Lt. Col. Wayne Marotto, a 21st Theater Sustainment Command spokesman, in an email.

A charge sheet with further details about the allegations against Kramer will not be released at this time, Marotto wrote. Kramer’s court-martial is tentatively scheduled for mid-October.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Oliver is expected to go on trial in January on charges including premeditated murder for allegedly beating and strangling Chepusov at the house of another AFN airman in December. Chepusov’s body was found in the passenger seat of Oliver’s car Dec. 14 after German police pulled Oliver over for driving erratically in Kaiserslautern.

At an Article 32 hearing in April, an Army prosecutor alleged that Kramer might have assisted in covering up the murder. At the hearing, similar to a civilian grand jury, an Army Criminal Investigation Command special agent testified that the location of blood stains on the walls of the apartment where Chepusov was allegedly murdered suggested that two people carried his body from the building.



Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov, a military broadcaster, was found strangled to death in the passenger seat of a car during a traffic stop in December 2013.


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