US soldier acquitted of negligent homicide

By REUTERS
July 31, 2012 00:22

 
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WINSTON-SALEM, NC - A military jury found a US Army sergeant not guilty on Monday of a negligent homicide charge stemming from the suicide of a Chinese-American soldier who officials say endured hazing and racial slurs.

Sergeant Adam Holcomb, 30, was the first of eight soldiers to face a court-martial in connection with Private Danny Chen's death last October.

The military panel who heard Holcomb's case in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, found him guilty on charges of maltreatment and assault, but acquitted him of both negligent homicide and harassment.

Chen, 19, killed himself by gunshot in a guard tower in southern Afghanistan, where military prosecutors said the weeks of physical mistreatment and racial harassment he encountered from his superiors pushed him to take his own life.

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