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An airman from the 56th Rescue Squadron at Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland, has been charged with murder in the stabbing and beating death of a 20-year-old woman last August, Air Force officials said Tuesday.

Airman Calvin Eugene Hill was charged Thursday with slaying Airman 1st Class Ashley Turner on Aug. 14, 2005, at NAS Keflavik, according to a news release from the 48th Fighter Wing, the parent command of the 56th. He will also face a series of lesser charges.

According to the news release, officials allege that Hill carried out the murder to keep Turner from testifying against him in a court-martial. Hill also was charged with obstructing justice.

The charges stem from a string of incidents that began about a year ago, when Hill allegedly stole money from Turner by using her bank card and making withdrawals — resulting in larceny charges also preferred against him Feb. 16, according to the Air Force news release.

Turner was found dead in the common room of a dorm building the two shared while the court-martial for the larceny was pending, according to the Air Force.

The charges also include an allegation of Hill being absent without leave in April 2005 and a charge of making false official statements to investigators.

The most serious is the “with premeditation” murder charge, which can carry the death penalty or life in prison if the accused is found guilty, according to Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Tuesday’s announcement included some of the first details released on the specifics of the murder.

For months, not even Turner’s family knew exactly how their daughter had been killed. The family was not available for comment Tuesday.

The charges against Hill are in the first of a two-phase referral process under the UCMJ.

No trial date has been set.

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