The U.S. Navy has decided to postpone the Article 32 hearing of the two Navy SEALs and two Marine Raiders suspected of killing a Special Forces Staff Sergeant in Bamako, Mali, in 2017.
The hearings were scheduled to take place on December 10. Navy officials didn’t provide a reason for the postponement. Instead, they indicated that the Article 32 hearing will be held in March 2019.
The two SEALs were assigned to the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU). The two Marine Raiders were part of the Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC). They have been accused of assaulting, tying, and choking to death SSG Logan Melgar, a Green Beret assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group. Reports indicate that Melgar had caught his fellow operators stealing operational funds that were intended to be used to gain intelligence of terrorist groups in Mali.
If the four operators are found guilty, they are faced with the death penalty or life imprisonment.