November 16th, 2010
02:28 PM ET

Soldier accused of Afghan sport killings faces second day of hearing

A hearing for a soldier accused of killing Afghan civilians for amusement enters a second day Tuesday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

Military officials will determine if there is enough evidence to court martial Pfc. Andrew Holmes over the allegedly premeditated deaths of three Afghan civilians.

Holmes is also charged with smoking hashish, possessing a dismembered human finger and wrongfully possessing photos of human casualties. He is accused of conspiring with Spc. Jeremy Morlock to shoot at a civilian and then toss a grenade so it would look like the soldiers were under attack.

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  1. Kory

    You really saved my skin with this ifnoramiton. Thanks!

    July 11, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dustin

    Tyrone

    Tell me why YOU THINK that most law enforcement officers target blacks when you have black law enforcement officers are also killing "black" violators of crimes but are NEVER made such a huge deal.. or when a black police officer kills a white drug dealer for almost committing vehicular manslaughter, the blacks just say that the white guy had it coming.. Most of my good friends are black military and civilian cops who dont look at the racism as you do.. it's ignorant people like YOU who are scared to step up to the plate and go "OVERSEAS" <– how you spell it.. to fight side-by-side with your fellow "BROTHER/SISTER" regardless of race. You have "one" valid point.. the war is NOT JUST overseas but here in the states, yes we ALL have problems with any type of crime that occurs here in our own land, but when you have Muslim Terrorists attempting to kill you or ANYONE in your family JUST because your an AMERICAN.. NOT because your White, African, Hispanic, Asian... White, Brown, Black, Yellow, Purple, Orange..etc. They ONLY care that your American and don't agree with the Jihad. I have walked side-by-side and have sat down with many of them over there and have spoken with some who dont care who you are or what you do back in the states, they dont give two rats asses that you have any kids or a family, you carry the message of the U.S. and for that you shall be killed. So Before you go off on any type of Law Enforcement here in the states or any type of racism here, think about what you would be dealing with if you would be a REAL MAN and go overseas and face the true facts of "racism". Also it is sad about what happened to those personnel but there is one thing.. Dead witnesses/victims cannot talk, so HOW DO YOU KNOW what their side of the story was, quit being ignorant and jumping to accusations on what the story was if you are NOT a Law Enforcement officer on the scene..You stay behind your liberal desk or couch and SHUT YOUR MOUTH until you know the REAL STORY..

    November 27, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dindy.....

    ALL THE PAKIS ARE NOT SAINTS. ALL THE BANGASH ARE NOT SAINTS. ALL THE SRI LANKANS ARE NOT SAINTS. SO HOW COME ALL THE AMERICANS ARE SAINTS. PUNISH CULPRITS NO MATTER WHICH LAND THEY COME FROM. NOT EVEN IF THEY COME ON A DONKEY. PUNISH THE CULPRITS. AMERICANS NEVER HAD INTENTION TO KILL AFGHANS .THEY CAME TO CATCH A DONKEY RIDER. UNFORTUNATELY THIS MAN ON DONKEY WAS HIDING NEAR AFGHAN PAKISTAN BORDER. MAN IS SO DANGEROUS . SO CANT LEAVE HIM TO ROAM IN PLAINS . WHO KNOWS WHERE HE WILL STEAL JETS NEXT TIME.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tyrone

    THE TRUE FEAR IN BLACK AMERICA

    Black people are under attack and it's not oversea terrorist or Bin Ladin! It's all age groups and genders! Kathryn Johnston 92 years old and Danroy Henry 20 years old. Both black both murder by American white police officers in America! Ms .Johnston was in her home when three white officers in Atlanta GA. raided the wrong home! Shot Ms .Johnston 39 time 6 bullets hitting their mark! Then they planted drugs in her home and a gun in her hand. But not before handcuffing the dying senior citizen. Mr. Henry had just played a college football game and was leaving a club. When a cop tap on his car window. Mr.Henry knowing he was park illegal thought the cop was telling him to move. So he did! When another cop jump in front of his car and fire three bullets into his chest killing him! In Detroit a 7 year old sleeping black female was first burn with a flash bomb then shot in the neck by a white Detroit cop! Another wrong raid that resulted in murder of a innocent black American human being! These story can be repeated all over the country in every state city county in America! Not Iraq Not Afghanistan Not Iran Not Korea Not a oversea Terroist! These are story in America against Americans in America! So while Americans are told to hate Muslim and oversea terroist! Black American know that those are just add on to the white American police Officers in America! Black children in New York know that going and returning from school. Black children as young as 8 years old are made to drop their trouser and take off their shoes in full view of the public! Under NY Stop & Frisk program! That really means Stop & Frisk black people! Shamefully the white control media and our American government cares more about Afghanistan and Iraq citizen civil rights! Willing to send American troops to die for their country!

    November 17, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Thank you Tyrone for your imput. It was quite informative.

      November 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bri

      Tyrone,

      You're and idiot. This whole story has nothing to do with racism. The military has zero tolerance for racism and zero tolerance for what these soldiers have done.

      November 26, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BANGASH

    This is real face of USA and these Cow Boys have done exactly for which America is known. Now what DINDY will comment on this aspect of war in Afghanistan? This is known to every Afghan and Pakistani national that their deaths and destructions for the last three decades has been the result of US GREAT GAME in this region. No doubt USA has a license to kill any one in this world but Afghanistan is probably proving different from the rest of the world as here all such killers in world politics have faced defeat and have been buried in this soil. SO this court proceeding against the few such killers may not solve the problem therefore Afghans may decide this case on merit and save rest of the world from such barbarism.

    November 17, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      I'm the real dindy and I agree with your posts but some right-wing imposter will spew his ignorance under my name. Pay no attention to it,BANGASH.

      November 17, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
      • BANGASH

        THANK's for this and being one in human welfare mission.

        November 17, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy.....

        GET LOST..... you dirty people. I did not post November 17 8.59 am

        November 22, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. Onesmallvoice

    Like I said before,the most he'll get is a slap on the wrist if convicted at all.

    November 16, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • FA 1LT

      No, if convected, he will get much more than that. There is no place for that type of conduct in the Army. There have already been Soldiers prosecuted and imprisoned from both wars. War is an ugly thing, but that type of intentional inhumanity has no place on our side.

      November 17, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |