Mannheim hearing to weigh dismissed gang-death charges
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — A hearing to reconsider last week’s dismissal of several charges against Spc. Bobby Morrissette has been scheduled for Thursday in Mannheim.
Army Judge James Pohl, a colonel, granted a prosecution motion to reconsider his April 19 ruling, in which he dismissed charges against Morrissette of involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, hazing, belonging to a gang and making a false official statement.
The charges stemmed from the July 2005 death of Sgt. Juwan Johnson. Johnson was beaten July 3, 2005, near Kaiserslautern during an alleged initiation into the Gangster Disciples and died from his injuries the next day.
Such hearings are not uncommon, said Maj. Jeremy Robinson, Morrissette’s lead defense attorney.
“This gives the government an opportunity to show new case law or provide additional evidence,” Robinson said.
As of early Monday afternoon, Robinson said he had not been given notice as to specifically why Army prosecutors requested the reconsideration hearing.
Morrissette still faces an early June court-martial on charges of indecent acts, indecent language and two violations of a no-contact order.