June 16th, 2010
03:43 PM ET

Army charges 3 more in Afghan civilian killings

Seattle, Washington - Three additional U.S. soldiers based in Washington state are facing charges in the deaths of three Afghan civilians between January and May and have been placed in pre-trial confinement, the Army announced Wednesday.

Pvt. 1st Class Andrew Holmes, 19, from Boise, Idaho; Spc. Michael Wagnon, 29, from Las Vegas, Nevada; and Spc. Adam Winfield, 21, from Cape Coral, Florida, each face one count of murder under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. All three are stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, near Seattle, and each soldier is suspected in separate incidents, the Army said in a statement announcing the charges.

Earlier this month, Spc. Jeremy Morlock, 22, from Wasilla, Alaska, and Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, 25, from Billings, Montana, each were charged with three counts of murder and one count of assault. Lt. Col. Tamara Parker, an Army spokeswoman, said the three counts of muder Morlock and Gibbs face involve the same victims as the cases agaisnt Holmes, Wagnon and Winfield.

Morlock is in pre-trial confinement at the base, while Gibbs was charged in Kuwait and he is expected to return to the installation within days, the Army said.

All five soldiers are assigned to B Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. The soldiers deployed with their unit to Afghanistan in July 2009, the Army said.

The Army says the investigation into the deaths is ongoing.

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  1. sid sin

    Well by what your saying what the service men (who should probably be hanged for this if this court wasn't runned by americans). Did the right thing by killing innocent civilians then, Americans are hypocrates, Numberg trials u didn't mind send people to death for human right violation, or the former SS for doing their job. You want everything to be like do as I say not as I do. Just to tell u the truth mate, your telling China the next big world power exactly what their soldiers are allowed to do for their country when they invade American, which I promise you will happen within the next 10 years. Then u can look back at this and laugh with your families dead and your world destroyed

    September 28, 2010 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Swell

    I blame Call of Duty. when you kill civilians in call of duty you only get points deducted. in real life you actually have to go to jail. these boys must have not known life from videogames

    September 27, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. James

    It's called target practice people ! They did it every day in Vietnam.

    September 13, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Frank

    No mercy for these murders, make an example out of them……. Let them meet the hangman’s noose…………………. They are without excuse……….. A real soldier is not a murderer……… In fact most despise war……….

    September 13, 2010 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. lq

    I whole heartily agree jaime !!!!!!!!!. who seems to be the only one of a few who know better. Good on you I never respond because mostly Idiots make me mad and sad with they ignorance. thank you for your insightful opinion its refreshing to see someone with brains not hate talking

    September 12, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cyrus Howell


    July 13, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jaime

    I know every single one of these soldiers personally having worked with them and treated them as one of their medics. What they did shamed our entire brigade and all of the hard work we have done this year. The shock and shame that come with this incident have everyone on edge. Rightfully so, there is no excuse for these actions. Yes we have lost a lot of people this year from our Brigade. But there is no excuse for what they have done. I hope they are punished to the full extent of the law and I hope they never see the light of day outside of a few hours of exercise in prison. They have shamed us all and given a bad name to our brigade. Yes, I agree, in war sometimes innocent civilians die in war but there is no reason for them to die this way. These men are severly disturbed in the head and deserve whatever punishment comes there way. I'm not passing judgement unfairly. I know all aspects of this case and despise these men for their cruelty and inhumane acts.

    June 25, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • guy

      apparently you dont know all of them that well. i have read the invest report and i think you have no clue what youre talking about.

      July 6, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Retired Army E-7

      You understand what we as a military are faced with. Most of the people making postings, have no idea what they are talking about. There is a code of honor among military people, when you violate that code, it has repercussions that reach far and deep. The effects of mistreating civilians, much less killing them, has a direct bearing on the animosity towards the force seen as the occupiers and the cooperation you receive from them. .

      July 13, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. Corporal Type

    There's only so much debating that you can do on a subject of this nature, it's sad that a majority of americans "support the troops" and then question our decision making in a combat zone. A decision that saves lives and leaves a lifelong trauma on the individual who HAS to make that difficult decision which cannot be explained to a civilian.

    June 20, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. us marine

    like it or not,we are bound by a code of conduct,but no one should pass judgement on these soldiers without knowing all the facts,these young men are doing a extremly hard job.none of us were there so we dont know the whole story.

    June 20, 2010 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. From the outside looking in...

    Our government expects our troops to sit back and wait to see if these terriorist are in fact terrorist and to make sure that there are no "civilians" near. Meanwhile our troops are target practice for the terrorists....I'd rather fill up our military prisons with soliders that are still alive than our cemetaries with soliders. My prayers go out to all our troops to come home safe.

    June 19, 2010 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Catalyst`

      And how does that make us better than them?

      June 20, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        Obviously you don't know a damn person (or group of people) who are serving in the war zone, do you?

        June 20, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jerry

        It just simply doesn't!

        June 21, 2010 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. Lawl Train

    I completely agree that we can not hold our soldiers accountable for every civilian killed when they have to make split second decisions. They have to protect themselves first and fore most. However, I have never heard of the US arresting soldiers for making those split second decisions. We DO arrest those that take everything too far and in their own hands.

    June 18, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. Juliana Williams

    Were at War! We put these young men & women in harms way in another country and civilians expect them to be perfect; war is terrible & they have to make a life & death decision in an instant; and unless your there or know anything about the military; that's not how it works. Remember it's difficult to know who's the enemy & who's not over there. We shouldn't be charging these young men, because we don't know what they saw & what really happened! Unless we walk in their steps we have no clue what really went on. They are their to defend us & take out the enemy & some civilians will get killed, that's war. We didn't ask for this! Remember 911. I have a 22 yr old in Iraq & daughter in the Coast guard and a spouse retired from USAF; so I do understand what the families go through and they need our prayers & support. It's wrong to send them to Afganistan to fight & then put them on trial for using their weapons!!!!!

    June 18, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      Every one of our Fighting Men and Woman are innocent and they think nothing of killing them!!! All they are trying to do is free them...

      June 18, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lawl Train

    @ DJ and Daniel-2 So, by your logic, the video "Collateral Murder" released by Wikileaks is no big deal and the innocent people murdered were "in the wrong place at the wrong time"? To me, it seems more like, shoot first and ask questions later.
    *begin sarcasm* But, since a small group of terrorists attacked us on 9/11 almost a decade ago, that warrants the USA to kill innocent people in the name of national safety. Wait... why are we spending billions on intel then? Lets just go bomb the entire country and kill millions of people. At least we will kill that small group of terrorists. Problem solved... the American Way. USA USA USA!!! *end sarcasm*
    If you think my post is a little over the top, wait until Wikileaks releases this next video of us bombing the Afghan village of Garani in May 2009 where 140 civilians were killed, including 92 children.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Oh give me a break with this "collateral murder" video. I'm not for the killing of innocent civilians, but this wasn't American troops walking into houses to execute people. The "innocent" people who were killed (the photography crew in particular) were not-so-innocently taking pictures and videos of insurgents who were probably going to plan attacks and kill our soldiers and real civilians right after that anyways. The "famous" photographer that was killed... have you seen his photos of the insurgents? Making them out to look like they are some kind of heroic patriots for their cause, yet they're a bunch of blood-thirsty animals.

      Several men were clearly armed in that video. The "rules" were followed. For some real insight into the video (and not anti-American propaganda from fools like Lawl Train)... go here...


      June 17, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lawl Train

        Did you watch the video? Not one person had a weapon.


        June 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        Really? What are those two guys carrying at the top of the video at 3:39? The guy in the stripped shirt and the other guy? That wasn't the reporter or the camera man. They were insurgents posing with weapons.

        Your in the middle of a war zone where people are dying everyday. Don't walk around in large groups looking shady with weapons and stuff that appears like weapons (cameras). Common sense.

        June 18, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
      • Catalyst

        This made me laugh out loud. So, you call him a fool for promoting "anti-American propaganda " but, link some conservative right-wing blog. Hello pot, meet kettle.

        June 20, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        Catalyst... so what? I quoted a conservative site. Sue me over it. There is right and there is wrong. In this instance, the "conservative" site happens to be right (for the record, I don't give a crap if the site is "conservative" or "liberal" or "libertarian" or whatever you call it this week). Stick to the facts. Guys were walking around in a group with guns in the middle of the war zone during a time where ambushes, suicide bombings, and IED's were a COMMON threat. The reporter (carrying the phone) and the camera man died... and that sucks for them. Don't walk around with insurgents then. Common sense.

        June 20, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ernie Beatty

      I don't know about DJ,but this Daniel-2 is an imposter trying to take all the joy out of our war.We can all use a laugh out of life,but does this bozo have to use our war to do it with???

      June 19, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
      • Jerry

        Ernie,don't let this bozo upet you or any other Tea Partier.He's only trying to be funny so let him have his laugh out of life.We know he's not funny but he thinks he is.

        June 19, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ernie Beatty


    June 17, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      That made me jump you insensitive oaf!

      June 19, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
      • Ernie Beatty

        That was very funny.I still can't stop laughing over it.I guess we all need a laugh out of life once in a while,But as a Tea Partier,I don't appreciate your laughing at this war or our servicemen.Besides,use your own name while blogging in here,will you?

        June 19, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  15. DJ

    Here's a clue...how bout we let our troops do what they were trained to do and not arrest them for stupid ish...that works for me. A war is just that...I swear the gov't thinks were supposed to play footsies wit these guys...

    June 17, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Former Marine

      I don't know what you THINK the U.S. Military is trained to do, but killing civillians isn't one of the many things I was trained to do. If they killed a civillian during a firefight by mistake, yanno, it happens. If they drug an Iraqi or Afghani Civillian out of their home, brought them into the street, and opened fire, that is wrong. I'd like to see the details of the case before I stand on one side or the other.

      June 17, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Eric Hinson

        Spoken like a true soldier. Remember your oath and code of conduct.

        June 18, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
      • Darnell Stephen Summers

        I agree with you 100%. You are duty bound to treat prisoners and innocent civilians humanely. Anything else is murder, pure and simple.

        US Army(1966.70-CONUS, Germany & Viet Nam)

        June 20, 2010 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Retired Army E-7

        Could not have articulated it better.

        July 13, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      The problem is we let the other Countries and the UN tell us what to do!!! That is why we lose Korea and Vietnam Wars...

      June 18, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      Like that will ever happen... Why do you think we lose the wars we fight??? If we did what our Generals wanted to do they be over right after they got started... Bush Sr. proved that!!!

      June 19, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
      • Retired Army E-7

        You have no clue. Wars are not fought with a single purpose of destroying an opposing military. This is not WWII. Simply because the enemy is indistinguishable from civilians. They generally are not wearing uniforms. Its an impossible task to win that type of war without the civilian populace being involved, hence, you have to win over and gain the trust of the civilians. You can't do that if you are mistreating them.

        July 13, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  16. Iraq Paramedic

    May GOD bless & keep us all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  17. Onesmallvoice

    I'm quite surprised that this is not being covered up.I guess that'll make NATO look bad and we don't want that,do we?

    June 16, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

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      June 19, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • john mccarthy

      Since our justice system is so good send them to Gitmo and try them as terrorist, If this is not terrorism please let me know what is!

      September 28, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |