Just In: Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher Found Not Guilty in Murder Case

July 02, 2019Jul 02, 2019

Decorated Navy SEAL team leader Eddie Gallagher received a verdict in his murder case. Gallagher was found not guilty of premeditated murder in the death of an ISIS prisoner in Iraq, reported CNN.

The alleged murder happened while Gallagher was serving in Mosul in 2017.

While Gallagher was serving Mosul in 2017. Navy prosecutors said he killed a young ISIS fighter who was being treated by US medics, posed for photos next to his corpse, and then pressured other SEALs not to report him.

Gallagher was also accused of shooting at noncombatants. He faced a total of seven criminal counts.

He was found not guilty on all but one charge. He was found guilty on the charge of posting for a photo with a human casualty.

He faces a maximum sentence of four months when he is sentenced later Tuesday. He has already served 201 days.

Gallagher's lawyer, Tim Parlatore, called the verdict a "huge weight" off Gallagher's shoulders and a "victory for justice." The defense say they never disputed that he took the photo, but they say it did not prove that he committed murder or obstructed justice.

According to CNN, "the defense portrayed Gallagher as an 'old-school, hard-charging warrior' who was targeted by younger 'millennial' SEALs who harbored 'personal animosity' toward him."

The case took an unexpected turn after a key prosecution witness testified that it was him who caused the prisoner's death. Special Operator First Class Corey Scott, a SEAL medic, claimed he caused the prisoner's death by holding his thumb over his trachea tube until he suffocated.

Scott called the killing as an act of mercy because he was concerned the boy—a prisoner of the Iraqi forces—would be tortured by the Iraqis. This was the first time he had admitted to the murders; he only did so on the stand because he had been granted immunity.

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