Article 32 hearing set in slaying of airman at NAS Keflavik
Stars and Stripes March 7, 2006
An Article 32 hearing has been set for a 56th Rescue Squadron airman charged with killing another airmen last year at Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland.
The hearing — similar to a civilian grand jury — for Airman Calvin Hill will take place May 8 in Iceland, said Tech Sgt. Renee Kirkland from the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, England. The 48th Fighter Wing will prosecute the case as the parent command of the 56th Rescue Squadron, Kirkland said.
Hill was charged last month in the August 2005 slaying of Airman 1st Class Ashley Turner, 20, who was found stabbed and beaten to death in her dorm building at NAS Keflavik.
Hill has been in custody since the night of Turner’s death.
Air Force prosecutors allege that in early 2005, Hill repeatedly stole money from Turner by making unauthorized withdrawals on her bank card.
Officials say that Hill killed Turner so she wouldn’t be able to testify against him in the larceny case. For that, he also is charged with obstruction of justice.
Other charges against Hill include an allegation of being absent without leave in April 2005 and a charge of making false official statements to investigators.
The “with premeditation” murder charge against Hill can carry the death penalty or life in prison if he is found guilty, according to Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
An Article 32 is an evidentiary proceeding in the court-martial process that is normally the first public proceeding against a suspect.