Airman in Iraq charged with comrade’s death
An airman deployed to Iraq has been charged with murder in the death of another airman, the Air Force Times reported Friday.
Airman 1st Class Kyle Dalton faces a count of murder and failure to obey a lawful order, 9th Air Force spokesman Maj. John Elof told the Times.
Dalton is accused of slaying Airman 1st Class Carl Jerome Ware Jr., 22, on July 1 at Camp Bucca in Iraq. He also faces a charge of assault for a separate incident involving Ware and an another airman who wasn’t identified by the spokesman, the Times reported.
At first, the Air Force said Ware died from the accidental discharge of a gun being cleaned by another airman, the Times said. Air Force officials conducted an Article 32 hearing on Dec. 20 to review evidence in the case and on Jan. 25 Dalton was formally charged, Elof told the paper.
The Times quotes a 9th Air Force spokesman as saying that the date and location for Dalton’s court-martial are to be determined. Ware’s was assigned to the 15th Security Forces Squadron at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.