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The first servicemember facing involuntary manslaughter charges in the gang-beating initiation death of another soldier will face court-martial starting June 1, a U.S. Army Europe official said this week.

Spc. Bobby Morrissette’s trial will start June 1 and continue June 4-5, according to U.S. Army Europe spokeswoman Lt. Col Liz Hibner. The times and place of the hearing will be announced at a later date, she said.

The court-martial was moved from the original date of April 30 to May 4, she said, but she didn’t say why it was rescheduled.

Morrissette — along with Pvt. Terrance Norman, Sgt. Rodney Howell and Staff Sgt. Alre L. Hudson — was charged with involuntary manslaughter after the July 4, 2005, death of Sgt. Juwan Johnson.

Johnson, 25, died of multiple blunt-force injuries a day after an alleged Gangster Disciples “jumping in” ceremony. Those charged are from the 21st Theater Support Command at Kaiserslautern, Germany, as was Johnson.

A joint Article 32 hearing was conducted for Norman and Howell late last month. Hudson is awaiting his Article 32 hearing.


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