Murder Trial of Accused Boise Soldier Slated for Thursday


Plea negotiations are going right down to the wire, but a trial for a Boise soldier accused of war crimes is scheduled to begin tomorrow.

Pfc. Andrew Holmes is charged with premeditated murder, drug use and possession of body parts, all while deployed to Afghanistan in early 2010. Holmes was charged along with six other soldiers. Two of the six have already negotiated plea deals and have agreed to testify for the prosecution. One of the six, Adam Winfield, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and received a three-year prison sentence.

Holmes' trial is scheduled to begin Thursday morning at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, outside of Seattle. If convicted, Holmes could face life in prison.