Honor and Dishonor: The trials of Sgt. Brent Burke

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Sergeant Brent Burke earned his stripes at Fort Campbell, Kentucky — home base for his division, the legendary 101st Airborne. Once under the command of former General David Petraeus, the soldiers of the 101st have seen more action than most soldiers in the U.S. Army. It is also where Sgt. Burke will learn if he will continue to serve in the Army, or if he will serve out his life in prison, because military prosecutors in the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, known as JAG, will court martial Sgt. Brent Burke for double homicide.

“I would say that the tough part of any case like this is the fact that it was four years old … and it was mostly circumstantial evidence and when you put all that together it certainly makes for a difficult case,” JAG prosecutor Lt. Col Matthew Calarco told “48 Hours” correspondent Richard Schlesinger.  Lieutenant Colonel Matt Calarco’s mission, after four civilian trials failed to get a verdict, is to finally prove Sgt. Burke shot and killed his wife, Tracy, and her ex-husband’s mother, Karen Comer, on Sept. 11, 2007.

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2 thoughts on “Honor and Dishonor: The trials of Sgt. Brent Burke

  1. Why is it that double jeopardy doesn’t apply in this whole matter just because Sgt. David Burke is now being tried by the military? Shouldn’t the decision made by the civilian court be binding even though the defendant is now in the military? This is justice, you say? I don’t think so.

    • If the military cared so much about this whole matter, why didn’t they take Sgt. Burke into custody right after the murder occurred and have him tried shortly thereafter?

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