SrA Andrew Witt Sentenced to Death for Murders of Jamie & Andy Schliepsiek at Robins Air Force Base in 2004; Military Appeals Court Grants New Sentencing Hearing in 2016

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Andrew Witt, US Air Force

Andrew Witt, US Air Force, murdered Airman Andy Schliepsiek and his wife Jamie at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. According to reports, Andrew Witt made a ‘pass’ at Andy’s wife Jamie at a July 4th cookout. When Andy confronted Witt about the inappropriate sexual advance, he informed him that he would not only report the assault to their Commander but also that he was sleeping with an officer on base. This was motive enough for Andrew Witt to drive back on base and stab them to death in the early morning hours of July 5th. Another airman Jason King was also stabbed in the back as he was attempting to flee the scene. In 2005, Andrew Witt was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to the death penalty by a military court. After an appeal, the death sentence was overturned in 2013. In early 2016, the death sentence for Andrew Witt was reinstated. On July 19, 2016, the highest military appeals court ruled in favor of a new sentencing hearing for Andrew Witt. Prior to this decision, Witt was the only Air Force service member on death row at Leavenworth. He had joined five other Army soldiers: Timothy Hennis, Ronald Gray, Hasan AkbarNidal Hasan, and Dwight Loving (whose death sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama in 2017).

Learn more: Nidal Hasan, and the 5 other men on the military’s death row

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