Camp Humphreys cook cleared of assault charges
June 24, 2006
PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — A U.S. Army cook at Camp Humphreys was found not guilty Thursday of accusations he’d attacked two fellow soldiers, one of them a warrant officer.
A seven-member military jury acquitted Spc. Undra M. Bibbs in a court-martial that began Wednesday before Army Lt. Col. Mark Sposato, a military judge.
Prosecutors had charged Bibbs with being drunk and disorderly and two counts of assault. The jury acquitted Bibbs of all the charges, said defense lawyer Capt. C. Jack Marks of the Army’s Trial Defense Service.
Marks said prosecutors also had charged Bibbs with being absent without leave but that charge later was dismissed. The prosecutors, who couldn’t be reached for comment on Thursday, were Capt. Daniel Goldberg and Capt. Nagesh Chelluri.
Marks said of the acquittal: “It means that he can now … continue with his military career. Because he definitely wants to remain in the military and that’s what he plans to do.”
The jury, an Army lieutenant colonel and six senior noncommissioned officers, deliberated about an hour before acquitting Bibbs.
Also defending Bibbs was Capt. Patrick Davis of the Trial Defense Service in Daegu.
On Wednesday, the Army reported that another soldier, Pvt. John S. McCombs, had gone on trial that day at Humphreys. However, Thursday morning Army officials said the Wednesday report was a mistake, that Bibbs’ trial began Wednesday and McCombs’ court-martial trial was to begin Friday.