Court martial scheduled for March in Naval Academy drug case
By DANIELLE OHL | The Capital, Annapolis, Md. | Published: September 4, 2018
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Tribune News Service) — The midshipman charged with dealing drugs at the Naval Academy will face a court martial beginning with arraignment next week.
Midshipman second class Zachary Williams, who is on a leave of absence, will enter a plea Monday, the first step in the general court martial he faces for using, possessing and distributing drugs.
A trial is scheduled for March.
The academy earlier this year recommended charges against Williams spanning locales and drug varieties. He faces more than a dozen drug-related counts stemming from use, possession and distribution of cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine and mushrooms at the Naval Academy; in Dover, Delaware; and in New York City.
Ketamine is an animal tranquilizer that produces a dream-like state when used by human beings.
After an Article 32 hearing, similar to a civilian grand jury investigation, Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Ted Carter agreed with a recommendation for court martial, he said at an academy Board of Visitors meeting.
Eleven other midshipmen were either dismissed or disciplined after a Navy Criminal Investigation Service probe into drug use at the academy.
Carter said all disciplinary cases have concluded.
Williams, at the arraignment, could plead guilty, not guilty or accept a plea deal with government prosecutors.
He faces dismissal from the academy and more than 130 years in military prison.
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