Premeditated murder added to GI's charges in Lamebear death
March 25, 2003
HEIDELBERG, Germany — One of the two 1st Armored Division soldiers accused of murder in the November slaying of Pfc. Clint Lamebear now faces an additional charge.
On March 17, the Army charged Pfc. Jonathan Schroeder with premeditated murder, said Capt. David Gerken, a division spokesman.
Schroeder and Pfc. Andrew Humiston were previously charged with felony murder, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and obstruction of justice.
“This is an additional charged that stems from Schroeder’s alleged involvement,” Gerken said. “The additional charge is an allegation and Schroeder is presumed innocent.”
Under military law, the mandatory minimum punishment for premeditated murder is life imprisonment with eligibility for parole.
On Nov. 16, a German man found the body of 18-year-old Lamebear in a Frankfurt garage. The night before, the New Mexico native had been drinking with comrades from the Friedberg-based 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment.
The four-day Article 32 hearing for Schroeder and Humiston ended Jan. 28. No court-martial date has been set, he said.
The investigating officers, Maj. John Jones and Maj. Steve Patoir, have not completed an investigation of the charges nor made any recommendation to the court-martial convening authority, 1st Brigade commander Col. Michael Tucker, Gerken added.