Navy SEAL reveals on stand he killed prisoner, not chief

A witness testifies in the war crimes trial for Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher in San Diego

A witness testifies in the war crimes trial for Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher in San Diego

More former Navy SEALs are expected to take the stand on Thursday.

SEALs said in their testimony that they confronted Gallagher about the stabbing of the teenage ISIS terrorist.

A United States Navy SEAL testifying at the murder trial of a decorated comrade dropped a bombshell when he acknowledged killing the victim.

Once Gallagher walked away following the stabbing, Scott says he made a decision to asphyxiate the militant even though he would've survived the stabbing.

Scott said he did so to spare the boy - who prosecutors say was about 15 years old - from suffering or being tortured by Iraqi forces.

According to a Fox News report, the prosecution became quite flustered as this statement contradicted previous statements that Scott had given to investigators.

The medic, Special Operation 1st Class Corey Scott, testified to a court at Naval Base San Diego that he killed the fighter by asphyxiation, according to Navy Region Southwest spokesman Brian O'Rourke.

"He's got a wife and family", Mr Scott said.

Gallagher, who served eight tours of duty and earned two Bronze Stars for valor, has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and attempted murder.

The medic confessed to suffocating the fighter while on the stand for the defence of Special Ops Chief Edward Gallagher, who is accused of murdering the young militant.

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"I don't think he should be spending his life in prison."

Mr Scott had wished to plead the Fifth Amendment, which might possibly well possibly presumably own allowed him to lead clear of testimony that can incriminate him, however a mediate rejected that quiz and as an substitute equipped immunity. They accuse disgruntled SEALs of lying to prevent him from being promoted because they did not like his demanding leadership.

Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL, is being court martialed for a plethora of war crimes, including firing his sniper rifle indiscriminately at civilians, as well as spraying residential areas with gunfire while knowing no enemy forces were in the vicinity.

Miller said while a medical team that included Gallagher was treating the boy, he saw Gallagher suddenly stab the prisoner in the neck, "right here on the right side in the jugular vein".

"This entire case was built on a small group of people that had personal animosity towards Eddie Gallagher", Parlatore said, adding the animosity stemmed from Gallagher being an "old school, hard-charging warrior".

Advocates for Gallagher, who say he is innocent, have lobbied President Trump for a pardon.

Defense lawyers say Gallagher treated the prisoner for a collapsed lung suffered in a blast from an air strike.

A judge released Gallagher from custody last month after prosecutors violated his constitutional rights by tracking defense attorney emails in an effort to find who leaked court documents to reporters.

The seven-man jury is made up of five Marines and two sailors - all war zone veterans. Anything less ends in acquittal.

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