Soldier held in stabbing of Frankfurt woman
April 27, 2005
A Baumholder-based soldier suspected of stabbing a Frankfurt woman seven times in the back April 10 is waiting in a U.S. military jail for a Status of Forces Agreement review.
Army and German officials are deciding whether the case should stay in German courts or be turned over to the military, according to Dorris Möller-Scheu, a spokeswoman for the Frankfurt prosecution.
She said the 24-year-old soldier accused of the attack was staying at the German woman’s Frankfurt apartment on the night of the stabbing. Möller-Scheu said the woman is recovering from her injuries.
She said the Hessen Ministry of Justice is deciding if it wants to keep jurisdiction of the case, which is their choice according to the SOFA agreement.
“When he was arrested, he talked to a German judge,” Möller-Scheu said. He said “he had problems since coming back from Iraq, and problems because he had to go back.
“He said he really doesn’t remember what happened that night,” she said. “He doesn’t deny doing it. He just said he doesn’t remember. We’ll just have to wait.”
A 1st Armored Division spokesman said in an e-mail message to Stars and Stripes Tuesday that he had no further information on the case.