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BAUMHOLDER, Germany — A Baumholder-based soldier will be tried on charges that he attempted to murder a German woman earlier this year.

Army officials have charged Pvt. Charles M. Savage, 24, with attempted premeditated murder, making a false official statement, being away from his unit without leave and breaking a restriction, according to a written release from the 1st Armored Division.

Savage has pleaded not guilty to all charges and has selected to be tried by an enlisted panel. His court-martial is scheduled for Oct. 12-14.

The release from Lt. Col. Karen Fair, staff judge advocate at 1st AD headquarters in Wiesbaden, did not give details about the charges or explain what restrictions Savage was under at the time of his arrest.

Frankfurt police arrested Savage, who gave his home address as Royal Oak, Mich., on April 11 for allegedly stabbing a German woman seven times, according to Dorris Möller-Scheu, spokeswoman for the Frankfurt prosecutor’s office. Möller-Scheu declined to identify the victim.

The 31-year-old woman told police Savage had been sleeping on the couch at her Frankfurt apartment for about three weeks. She awoke April 11 to find him “sitting on her bed, stabbing her,” Möller-Scheu told Stars and Stripes in May. “She doesn’t know why.”

German officials typically cede jurisdiction on cases involving U.S. military personnel, but they could have held him for six months without pressing charges, Möller-Scheu said at the time. They held Savage for about six weeks without charges, releasing jurisdiction to the U.S. Army on May 18.

Savage went before an Article 32 hearing July 29, according to the 1st AD release. An Article 32 is roughly equivalent to a civilian grand jury, and the convening authority found enough evidence to recommend court-martial, according to the 1st AD release. Savage currently is in pre-trial confinement.


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