Green Beret wants murder case dropped after claiming investigator guilty of wearing unearned medals

Green Beret wants murder case dropped after claiming investigator guilty of wearing unearned medals
U.S Army Maj. Matthew Golsteyn is pictured in 2011 (James Robinson/The Fayetteville Observer via AP)

A Green Beret accused of murdering an unarmed Afghan man is demanding the charges be dropped because the investigator assigned to his case faces charges of claiming unearned medals and honors.

Maj. Matthew Golsteyn is accused of lethally gunning down a suspected Afghan bomb maker in 2010 in Marjah, Afghanistan. Eight years later, he was charged with premeditated murder.

Before he died, the alleged bomb maker had been taken into custody over suspicions he had planted explosives that claimed the lives of two Marines, according to military documents.

Phil Stackhouse, the lawyer for Golsteyn, filed a memo on Wednesday demanding his client’s case proceed directly to trial or charges be dismissed, waiving his right to a preliminary hearing in military court, reported NBC News. Paid Post What Is This?

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Stackhouse claims Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Delacruz, the Army Criminal Investigation Command agent assigned to Golsteyn’s case, has been charged with four counts of “intent to deceive” for claiming to have earned a Purple Heart and falsely wearing a Combat Action Badge and other awards. The charges state “such conduct (is) of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces.”

The case has even drawn the attention of President Trump.

“I will be reviewing the case of a “U.S. military hero,” Major Matt Golsteyn, who is charged with murder,” tweeted Trump on Dec. 16, 2018. “He could face the death penalty from our own government after he admitted to killing a terrorist bomb maker while overseas.”

At the same time, an Army Special Operations Command spokesperson said, “Golsteyn’s immediate commander has determined that sufficient evidence exists to warrant” the charge against him.