The jury assigned to the case of accused Special Warfare Chief Edward Gallagher has found the decorated Navy SEAL not guilty of murder and attempted murder after a tumultuous trial that included bombshell revelations and twists.
The verdict was reached by the five Marines and two sailors on Tuesday after the prosecution and defense made their closing arguments the day before.
Gallagher, 40, was accused of stabbing an injured teenage ISIS fighter to death and of shooting at civilians during a deployment to Iraq in 2017. Seven members of Gallagher’s own platoon leveled the accusations against him, describing him as a reckless murderer who failed to distinguish between civilians and the enemy.
With a verdict of not guilty, Gallagher will no longer need a pardon from Trump, who had previously stated he would wait until the trials were over in the cases the White House was reviewing before rendering a decision. With Gallagher’s case over, attention will likely turn to the case of Army. Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, who plead not guilty last week to a charge of premeditated murder for the killing of a suspected Taliban bomb-maker.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.