August 26th, 2010
03:47 PM ET

U.S. soldiers charged with conspiracy in killings

 Five U.S. soldiers facing murder charges in the deaths of three Afghan civilians earlier this year have now been charged with "conspiracy to commit premeditated murder," and seven more soldiers have been charged in connection with the probe into the incidents. 

The five facing murder charges are Pfc. Andrew Holmes of Boise, Idaho; Spc. Adam Winfield of Cape Coral, Florida; Spc. Michael Wagnon of Las Vegas, Nevada; Spc. Jeremy Morlock of Wasilla, Alaska; and Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs of Billings, Montana. They are from the 5th Stryker Brigade.

The alleged killings took place at or near Forward Operating Base Ramrod in southern Afghanistan's volatile Kandahar province.

In June, the five were charged with murder. Holmes was accused of killing Afghan civilian Gul Mudin in January with a grenade and rifle. Winfield is accused of killing civilian Mullah Adahdad in May in a similar manner. Wagnon is accused of shooting to death Marach Agha in February.

Morlock and Gibbs each were charged with three counts of murder and one count of assault involving the same victims as in the cases against Holmes, Wagnon and Winfield.

On Wednesday, the military added conspiracy and other additional charges against the five. Morlock, Holmes, and Winfield were charged with wrongfully using a Schedule I controlled substance.

Charges were also filed against seven other soldiers from the 5th Stryker Brigade, the military said Wednesday, but none involve murder or conspiracy to commit murder.

The seven are Staff Sgt. Robert Stevens, Sgt. Darren Jones, Cpl. Emmitt R. Quintal, Staff Sgt. David Bram, Pfc. Ashton A. Moore, Spc. Adam Kelly and Spc. Corey Moore.

All were charged with conspiracy-related and other charges.

Stevens and Ashton Moore were charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon.

Jones was charged with conspiracy to commit assault and battery and conspiracy to commt aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon.

Quintal, Bram, Kelly and Corey Moore were charged with conspiracy to commit assault and battery.

Stevens was charged with wrongfully and wantonly engaging in conduct likely to cause death or bodily harm to other soldiers. Jones, Quintal, Bram, Kelley and Corey Moore were charged with unlawfully striking another soldier.

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  1. darius monroe

    Having done two tours in Afghanistan and two tours in Iraq I have come to believe that whatever we do for the people will just be torn down as soon as we leave. The people in that part of the world have lived and died by the ways of war and oppression since the dawn of human settlement in the region. They know violence, they respond to violence and nothing that the United States or any of her allies can do will change that fact. All we do with continued presence is bring more heartache to our homes, and anable soldiers like these (the bad few amoungst a greater many) to commit such acts to shame our country.

    October 5, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Petey Fisk

    It's this kind of shoot first, ask questions later disregard for human life that got Pat Tillman killed.

    September 27, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mel

    A lot of us know that a lot of rascist people join the military to shoot, kill, or murder people who are not white. Then they come back to America and they want to do the same to us who are not white. These racist people are the real reason other countries hate us. And these ugly bloggers are proving me right!!! Stephen Sewell you are right ROCK ON STUPID PEOPLE!!!!

    September 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. silkyfine

    Afghanistan is a great prospierous nation with great people in it.

    September 26, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Christine

    This ridiculous. Kill them all!!! They aren't really people anyway.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jorge Ople

      Christine you're a racist.

      October 5, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
      • Sunny

        You say she is racist.
        I think she is right...they were born and raised to kill...they will kill us if given the chance..they have proved that before.

        October 5, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. SEVORUCO

    The USA should let all these Mohammaneds ,Mullas and jews fight their war.As long as they donot attack the USA keep our troops here.They are been railroad and set up ,after they risk their lifes,something politicians sons or daughters will not do.Could anyone tell me a son of daughter of a know politician that had been a casuality of war?.NO all or them if are enlisted remain in safe heavens far away from the war zone.

    September 15, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jorge Ople

      The prince of Britain was in the war, you pig farmer.

      October 5, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. Stephen Sewell

    You guys don't even need to be in Afghanistan to make people hate you; all you have to do is keep up your blogging. Rock on, you meat-heads.

    September 9, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. dindy Sri lanka

    Hope it did not happened in the first place. wish the troops have some kind of way to get the innocent civilians to a different place far from where these suicide bombers are. Then it is easy. In Sri lanka it worked

    September 1, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. bangash

    For the last three decades USA is shedding Afghan blood first against ex USSR and today in war on terror and quite frankly justify it in their global strategic interests. They say they pay dollars to Afghanistan and Pakistan for fighting US wars in the region and will continue to maintain their hold on this strategically most important place in world politics. This mean bloodshed in Afghanistan will continue either in friendly fire or enemy fire.

    August 29, 2010 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. ronvan

    It is always very amusing to me that people "think" wars can be conducted in a civil & just manner. The vast majority of those "incidents" we are hearing about are nothing new, they have happened in EVERY conflict/war, whatever you want to call it. While WE, the good guys?, are suppossed to fight clean and be nice, our enemies use THEIR OWN people to hide behind, kiill them & put bombs on men, women & children! No matter how hard we try we are not going to change these countries history, culture or traditions, yet as usual we are to blind to see it. Only those "war mongers" making the big bucks want this mess to continue.

    August 28, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. Liza Null

    Specialist Jeremy Morlock is from Wasilla, Alaska. Home of that Palin freak-a-zoid. I'm sure she'll use all her powers and "pull" to get him off the hook, seein' as how Jeremy's just a good ol' hometown boy, don'cha know. Besides, Palin knows all about Afghanistan, don'cha know. She knows a LOT about it, seein' as how she's practically neighbors with 'em, and can see Afghanistan from her back door. She's got Afghanistan right up her back door. And God only knows what else.

    August 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just a guy in Afghan

      I'm sure you know what afghanistan is like too. I'm also sure you know how chaotic and confusing a firefight can be. I'm sure you know what it's like dealing with an enemy that blends in with the public. This is war. People die.

      August 28, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • dwighthuth

      Lisa Null, you sound like some stupid fat beeeooooochh, don't ya know!!!!!!!

      August 30, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jorge Ople

        Hey Null, you are NULL and VOID!

        October 5, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. dwighthuth

    These soldiers are innocent and this is WAR. Civilians need to get the hell out of the way when the lead flies or take the hit. These soldiers deserve medals not convictions. SCREW AFGANISTAN, dirtbag country anyway!!!!! What has this country or the people in this country contributed to MANKIND?? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, BUT PAIN AND DEATH!!!!!!!!

    August 27, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • dwight huth

      Are you posting under my name again? I have absolutely nothing against Afghanistan nor it's people and I hate this obscene war that Barack Obama's waging against them!!!

      August 27, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunny

      Is this not war...????
      They kill our soliders.... blow them up...take them from their families...what may I ask...do they get for that.? Nothing..So if we blow them up,,,Is it not a eye for an eye. If you were there, day in and day out..you all would have a different outlook on what our soliders have to do and live in for months on end!! It is there war over there...I say take out troops out and let them all kill each other!!!

      October 5, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dave, Afghanistan

    Being a nation of laws and justice, like the U.S., doesn't guarantee that people (soldiers included) won't commit crimes. What is does mean is that in situations like this, where a crime may have occurred, the incident will be investigated. If they are found guilty, they will be punished, and if they are found innocent, they will be set free. The decision will be made by people who have all the facts, not based on a brief CNN story.

    Bledsoe- If this is a cover-up, it is not a good one. It's on CNN, for goodness sake.

    Dan- I didn't see any reference to drugs. How do you know narcotics were involved? Is there another story somewhere with more details?

    August 27, 2010 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      @Dave. The following was in the article, "On Wednesday, the military added conspiracy and other additional charges against the five. Morlock, Holmes, and Winfield were charged with wrongfully using a Schedule I controlled substance." Although this may not directly mean they were using during the time of the alleged crime, it does definitely hint at it.

      August 27, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Dave, Afghanistan (DA),

      (LOUD APPLAUSE) It is inspiring to see / read another level portrayl of the facts. I fully understand this is a platform form ALL to aire their words, however lately it has become (for a select SMALL few) a platform of instigation. They use the 4th Estate's medium as a soap box. I hope that DA continues to see things in his own right. Thank you and to those who see PEACE, HUMAN KINDNESS, PATIENCE, CONTRIBUTION and FREEDOM for ALL PEOPLE the call.

      August 27, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    It sounds like these soldiers were doped up on heroin or opium to me and if I am correct they should be held accountable so that this does not spread to any of our other soldiers.

    August 26, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. cindi

    Cover up for what, Bledsoe? What right do you have to judge these soldier's? Were you there, were you standing next to them? So you don't even know what you're talking about.

    August 26, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Don't I? Aren't you aware of NATO's concern for it's reputation.They'll do anything to preserve it in order to portray itself as heroic and Russia as the villain nation,neither of which is true!

      August 27, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Liza Null

      A jury of their peers will judge them, unless of course the kangaroo court of contemporary insanity finds them not culpable, in which case they can come back to their province of choice and find solace in the bottom of a vodka bottle and rage against their babies in the privacy of their little pink houses in the shadow of the freeway. No one will remember what they did. Until they do it again. Which they will. If only in their minds, over and over and over again it will replay, until they blow their own heads off to relieve the pressure. Let the end for them come SOON.

      August 27, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Bledsoe

    Is this going to be another cover-up or what? I'm afraid that it is!

    August 26, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      If they were taliban they would be promised another virgin in the afterlife.

      August 28, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Cette fois-ci cet salaud vient de vous voler le nom,Bledsoe.Ne vous vous en setiez mal,Il me fait autant toujours.Il faut l'endurer!

        August 28, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |