YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Pretrial motions are expected to delay the court-martial of a chief master sergeant facing assault, cruelty and other charges.
Winfred Harrison, who is assigned to the 374th Civil Engineer Squadron, is facing two counts each of cruelty and maltreatment, assault and indecent acts. He also is charged with being absent without leave and obstructing justice, officials from the Office of the Staff of Judge Advocate said last week.
Prosecuting and defense officials wouldn’t comment on the proceedings.
The first pretrial motion filed Monday morning was a prosecutorial action to compel testimony from a previous defense counselor for Harrison.
The motion concerns the absent without leave charge, but neither prosecutors nor the present defense counsel would elaborate before press time.
Base officials did not disclose Harrison’s age. Previously, base legal officials have cited privacy rights in declining to disclose that information.
With pretrial motions expected to last through Tuesday, the court-martial will be delayed until at least Wednesday.
A jury of officers will hear the court-martial, base legal officials said last week.
Harrison is not in custody.