A US Navy SEAL has pleaded not guilty to charges of murdering a captured Isis teen and firing into a crowd of Iraqi civilians.
The charges against the highly-decorated special forces soldier date back to an incident last year, in which it is claimed he used a hunting knife to stab a captured Isis fighter to death. There are also claims that he deliberately opened fire on unarmed Iraqis.
Speaking Friday January 4th, Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher pleaded not guilty to charges of premeditated murder and other crimes.
Gallagher is now set to stand trial on February 19th before a jury that will be one-third enlisted personnel. Gallagher was jailed following his arrest on September 11th last year. A judge has said he will determine next week if the 19-year Navy veteran should be released before trial.
Making the case highly unusual is the fact that prosecutors have included a number of accounts from fellow US Navy Sea, Air and Land Teams (SEALs). The unit is an extremely tight-knit group, even by military standards.
According to AP, if found guilty Gallagher could face a life sentence in prison. Gallagher has received numerous awards for his time in the military, which includes receiving the Bronze Star twice.