Inmate Says Soldier Lied About Holmes' Role in War Crimes

by

The Seattle Times reports that Pvt. Jeremy Morlock, a key witness in the military trial of Pfc. Andrew Holmes of Boise, allegedly told another inmate at Joint Base Lewis-McChord he falsely implicated Holmes in the slaying of unarmed civilians in Afghanistan.

Morlock has been convicted and is serving a 24-year sentence for the murders of three Afghans, and agreed to testify against Holmes and three other soldiers accused of the war crimes. At a pretrial hearing in May, Morlock testified that he and Holmes repeatedly reviewed a plot to murder an Afghan man before carrying out the crime in January 2010.

But now, according to the Seattle Times, Spc. Ronald Washington said in a sworn statement that Morlock told him that Holmes had nothing to do with the crime, "but he lied about (the) involvement to get the benefit of a better deal."

An Army spokesman at the base, Maj. Chris Ophardt, said that the war-crimes investigation is ongoing and evidence continues to be evaluated as it is submitted.