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Navy SEAL's murder trial pushed back a week

This 2018 photo provided by Andrea Gallagher shows her husband, Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher, who has been charged with murder in the 2017 death of an Iraqi war prisoner. Lawyers on Gallagher's defense team told The Associated Press that emails they and a reporter received from military prosecutors in the case contained tracking software.

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By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: June 7, 2019

SAN DIEGO  — A Navy court has postponed the trial of a Navy SEAL accused of murder in the 2017 death of an Islamic State prisoner under his care in Iraq.

Defense attorney Tim Parlatore said Thursday the trial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher had to be changed from June 10 to June 17 because a witness for the defense was not available next week.

The trial has been delayed twice. A judge last month postponed the trial while he looked into whether there was prosecutorial misconduct after the government monitored defense team emails to find the source of a news leak.

The judge, Capt. Aaron Rugh, on Monday removed the lead prosecutor.

Rugh is looking into whether to dismiss the case because of misconduct.
 

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