An Article 32 hearing is under way at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, outside of Seattle, where Pfc. Andrew Holmes of Boise is accused of murder, conspiracy and possessing body parts of corpses while stationed in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
In telephone testimony from Afghanistan, Special Agent Benjamin Stevenson told a chilling tale that would rival any episode of CSI. Stevenson said he and his team of investigators were given a hand-written map from a soldier at Operating Base Ramrod in Afghanistan (where Homes was stationed). According to Stevenson, the map led him to a half-cut water bottle that contained two human fingers. Stevenson said he also discovered two long bones, either an arm or shin, near a CHU, or compartmentalized housing unit (not unlike a trailer), where Holmes and his company were housed.
Later, Special Agent Ismael Camero testified via telephone from Germany. He told the courtroom he first heard of Holmes’ involvement in the alleged crimes from Spc. Jeremy Morlock.
Morlock has played a major role in helping the Army develop the prosecution. In a previous Article 32 hearing, Morlock gave details about his involvement in the killings and also implicated four others, including Holmes. Holmes’ defense team attempted to diminish Morlock’s validity, recounting Morlock’s traumatic brain injuries from four separate explosions.
Stevenson and Camero were two of a score of witnesses testifying in Holmes’ hearing. After examining evidence and hearing the testimony, Investigating Officer Maj. Michael Liles is expected to make a recommendation on whether to proceed with a general court-martial.