Charges Made in Death of Green Beret SSgt Logan Melgar in Mali

By Faye Higbee

Two Navy SEALs from SEAL Team Six and two Special Operations Command Marines are charged with the strangulation death of SSgt Logan Melgar in June of 2017. The US Navy release stated:

“The four personnel face charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice including Felony Murder, Involuntary Manslaughter, Conspiracy, Obstruction of Justice, Hazing and Burglary.
The Article 32 preliminary hearing for the four accused is currently scheduled Dec. 10, 2018.
Rear Admiral Charles W. Rock, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, was appointed by the Secretary of the Navy as the Consolidated Disposition Authority for the case.” 

The Military Times reported,

“Redacted charge sheet information reveals previously undisclosed details about the alleged incident.

Whereas previous accounts only noted that the two SEALs had assaulted Melgar, charge sheets indicate that the two Marine Raiders, identified only as a staff sergeant and a gunnery sergeant, were allegedly involved in the direct assault as well.

All four individuals are being accused of driving to the Marines’ quarters to get duct tape, driving to the quarters shared by Melgar and the SEALs, then breaking down Melgar’s locked door, restraining him and binding him with duct tape and strangling him by using a chokehold.

Each has been charged with conspiracy for allegedly sharing information with each other about what they told investigators, omitting information such as the use of duct tape and the Marines’ presence in the room, and disposing of alcohol kept in the quarters…

…Though no defendants were named, numerous media outlets have reported that two members of SEAL Team Six, Petty Officer Anthony DeDolph and Chief Petty Officer Adam Matthews, who shared off-site housing in Bamako, Mali, with Melgar, as well as two Marine Raiders, were questioned as “persons of interest” or witnesses in the death investigation.”

The murder investigation was completed by NCIS and turned over to Rear Admiral Rock. If the Article 32 hearing goes forward on December 10, the four face life in prison. The charge sheets did not list a motive.