Continuance granted in court-martial of Spangdahlem airman accused in son's death
SPANGDAHLEM, Germany — The judge scheduled to preside next week over the court-martial of a Spangdahlem airman accused of murdering his infant son has granted a defense request for a continuance, a Spangdahlem spokeswoman said.
A continuance “will allow [the defense] additional time to prepare for trial,” said spokeswoman Iris Reiff, citing a statement from the Spangdahlem Air Base legal office. The delay was granted last Sunday by Col. Dawn R. Eflein, the trial judge.
No new date for Airman 1st Class Horace Wickware’s trial was set, Reiff said.
Wickware faces charges relating to the alleged abuse and death of his 8-month-old son last fall, Air Force officials have said. His wife, Jennifer Wickware, was convicted in German court last month of maltreatment, negligence with lethal consequences and failing to adequately care for her son. She received a five-year sentence.
Cordale Wickware died Oct. 30 at a hospital in Trier, Germany. The baby suffered fractures to both arms, a broken upper leg, several broken ribs, burns and a brain injury, according to Joern Patzak, the lead prosecutor in the German case.
Spangdahlem legal officials have estimated Wickware’s trial could last about two weeks.