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RAF LAKENHEATH, England — A Lakenheath airman Monday was found not guilty of cocaine use after a one-day special court-martial in which two former roommates testified against him.

Senior Airman Kenneth T. Jones of Lakenheath’s 48th Communications Squadron was acquitted of charges that he used the drug on multiple occasions while stationed at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, in late 2003 and early 2004, base legal officials said.

Charges against Jones stemmed from earlier convictions of the prosecution’s two main witnesses — Jones’ former roommates at Goodfellow, Airman Basic Bradley Dodson and Airman Basic Amanda Swabb.

In the spring of 2005, Swabb tested positive for cocaine, tripping an Office of Special Investigations inquiry that led to charges against her and her then-boyfriend (now-fiance) Dodson, according to court testimony. In exchange for lighter sentences, both made plea agreements with the Air Force and agreed to testify against airmen they alleged also used cocaine.

In the fallout, Jones was charged with “misuse” of the drug under Article 112 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, an offense punishable by up to one year of confinement, a bad-conduct discharge, a reduction in rank and forfeiture of pay.

In Monday’s trial, Jones’ defense portrayed Dodson and Swabb as lovers who agreed to point fingers in order to win clemency and became bound to stick to their story about Jones by the constraints of their deals.

Defense counsel Capt. W. Crosby Parker also attacked the witnesses’ credibility by pointing out that each had lied in their initial statements to investigators — an allegation both witnesses admitted on the stand.

The four-person panel took about an hour to deliberate Monday before acquitting Jones of the charges.


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