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PYONGTAEK, South Korea — A U.S. soldier stationed in South Korea has been charged in the stabbing death of an Army sergeant last Saturday in barracks at Camp Carroll in Waegwan, officials said.

Army Pfc. Gregory David Robertson was in pretrial confinement Tuesday, charged with murder in the death of Sgt. Kenneth Lamond Kelly.

Kelly, 27, of Greensboro, N.C., was assigned to the 293rd Signal Company at Camp Carroll, said Maj. David Doherty, a spokesman for the 19th Theater Support Command in Taegu.

Robertson, 24, is a computer graphics designer assigned to the 20th Area Support Group at Camp Henry in Taegu, about a 30-minute drive south of Camp Carroll. He entered the Army in January 2001.

Kelly, who entered the Army in March 1999, sustained a stab wound to the abdomen and was pronounced dead Saturday night at the Camp Carroll Troop Medical Center, Doherty said.

Details of the incident, including what led up to the stabbing, were not available from officials Tuesday evening. Also unavailable were details of the victim and whether he was married or had children.

A soldier in the barracks dashed outside, flagged a military police vehicle on routine patrol and led MPs to Kelly at about 6:49 p.m. Saturday, Doherty said.

“There was a wound to the abdomen,” he said of Kelly. “The soldier had weak vital signs” when MPs arrived.

The MPs called an ambulance, which rushed Kelly to the base medical center. There, Capt. Jeremy Johnson, a physician, pronounced Kelly dead at 7:37 p.m., Doherty said.

“The suspect was apprehended at the barracks,” said Doherty. “He was apprehended at the scene where Kelly was located.”

Agents of the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division arrested Robertson, Doherty said. The CID’s investigation into the incident was continuing, he said.


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