Attorney: SEAL to accept plea deal in Green Beret’s death

Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar died in Bamako, Mali, in 2017.


By BEN FINLEY | Associated Press | Published: May 15, 2019

NORFOLK, Va. — One of four U.S. servicemembers charged in the June 2017 death of a U.S. Army Green Beret in Africa plans to accept a plea deal.

The attorney for Navy SEAL Adam Matthews said Matthews will plead guilty Thursday to hazing, assault and other charges, but a murder charge will be dropped. A special court-martial hearing will take place at Virginia’s Naval Station Norfolk.

Attorney Grover Baxley said the death of Texas native and Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar in Mali was “an unforeseen accident.” Baxley said Matthews will take full responsibility for his role.

Another Navy SEAL and two Marines also face charges. Charging documents say the men broke into Melgar’s bedroom while he was sleeping, bound him with duct tape and put him into a choke hold.

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