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BAUMHOLDER, Germany — A Baumholder-based soldier accused of trying to kill a German woman is facing new charges, including assaulting soldiers at his barracks.

An Article 32 hearing Tuesday at H.D. Smith Barracks in Baumholder heard testimony that Pvt. Stephen A. Blazofsky, 18, assaulted military police and fellow soldiers in his barracks on Oct. 17, before trying to escape custody.

He’s charged with four counts of assault, and one count of escaping from military police.

In addition to the October incident, testimony at Tuesday’s hearing stated Blazofsky is to be court-martialed on charges he attempted to kill a German woman in May. In that incident, Blazofsky is accused of attempted murder and burglary for forcing his way into the woman’s home, then choking her. Related charges include wrongful damage of nongovernmental property for allegedly damaging a car and a phone booth that same night.

Still to be decided is whether Blazofsky might be tried separately on each set of charges. Capt. Laura Calese, the prosecutor, asked that the hearing officer, Maj. John Frisbie, recommend consolidating the charges into one court-martial.

An Article 32 hearing is similar to a civilian grand jury, which considers whether the prosecutor’s evidence is sufficient to warrant a trial.

In Tuesday’s testimony, a number of witnesses testified that Blazofsky got into an argument with another soldier, Pfc. Sokkhoun Chhoeun, then ransacked his barracks room. Blazofsky assaulted several soldiers trying to intervene, according to testimony. One soldier, Pvt. Lisa Carlson, testified that she was kicked five times as she tried to calm Blazofsky.

When military police arrived, Blazofsky became more violent, according to testimony. The soldier struggled with military police as they tried to take him into custody.

Pfc. George Cattling testified Blazofsky spit blood into his eye. At one point, Blazofsky was able to leap out of the police vehicle and run away, even though he was in hand irons, said Cattling and fellow MP, Spc. David L. McCorvey.

“‘If you don’t kill me now, I’ll kill you,’” McCorvey quoted Blazofsky. Other witnesses gave similar testimony, which touched on Blazofsky’s mental state. Defense attorney Capt. Jacqueline Tubbs described her client as “not in control of his faculties at the time,” and “clearly not in his right mind.”

Tubbs recommended the charges be dropped so the court-martial for attempted murder could go forward.


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