Crimes Hearing Scheduled for Thursday at Lewis-McChord

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An Article 32 hearing is set for Thursday, Oct. 21, the second in a string of hearings for a dozen soldiers, including a Boise native, charged in one of the most serious war crimes cases to emerge from the war in Afghanistan.

An Article 32—which will convene at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Seattle—is the equivalent of a grand jury proceeding. At Thursday's hearing, Staff Sgt. David Bram of the Fifth Brigade, Second Infantry Division, will face charges of conspiracy, cruelty and impeding an investigation. Bram is one of 12 soldiers facing more than 70 criminal charges.

Pfc. Andrew Holmes of Boise, along with five other soldiers in the brigade, are accused of murdering three Afghan civilians and the beating of one or more fellow soldiers. Holmes and the five others face charges of keeping trophy body parts from Afghan corpses, including a skull and fingers.

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