Court-martial set in shooting
January 17, 2004
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A court-martial is scheduled to begin here Tuesday for a Marine camp guard accused of fatally shooting a fellow Marine in June on Camp Hansen.
Pfc. Jonathan T. Markert, 20, assigned to the 3rd Marine Division, is expected to plead guilty to charges he killed Lance Cpl. S.S. Oldroyd on June 14 while on guard duty, a Marine Corps public affairs spokesman said.
Markert, who is being held by the 4th Marine Regiment, is charged with five violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including manslaughter, failure to obey orders and making false official statements.
According to charge sheets filed in the case, he “willfully failed to obey and follow proper weapons handling procedures” by removing a 9 mm pistol from his holster and firing it. The shot killed Oldroyd.
Markert also is charged with making false statements to investigators. The court-martial is set to last three days in Keystone Judicial Circuit Court.