The testimony continued Monday afternoon in the Article 32 war crimes hearing of Pfc. Andrew Holmes of Boise. Holmes is accused of conspiracy, murder, drug use and the possession of body parts while stationed in early 2010 in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province.
Special Agent Nicole Fermanis spent the better part of an hour recalling multiple interviews with Holmes and other members of Bravo Company, Second Battalion, First Infantry Regiment, Fifth Brigade. Army documents allege Holmes and four other soldiers in the company were part of a “kill team,” responsible for the deaths of Afghan civilians. Seven other members of the company are accused of being part of a conspiracy to cover up the crimes.
Defense Attorney Dan Conway grilled Fermanis for most of the hour, attempting to catch the slightest inconsistencies in her investigation and reports.
“These are pretty outlandish scenarios,” said Conway. “Weren’t you surprised that there hadn’t been any other similar events prior to Jan. 15 [the day Holmes and other soldiers allegedly killed an Afghan civilian]?”
“I actually believe that there were other incidents,” responded Fermanis. “But these were the ones that we investigated.”
In a brief courtroom break, Citydesk asked Conway about the mental and physical condition of his client.
“I can tell you that he recently had an episode that certainly seemed like a seizure,” said Conway. “He’s had at least one MRI, but I haven’t yet seen the results of the brain scan.”