Air Force TSgt. Jason Friday of Buckley AFB in Colorado Found Deceased; Under Investigation (2017)

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Army Doctor Col. Dennis Taylor Attempted to Kill Wife Carol in an Effort to Escape Domestic Abuse and Threats to Commander After Asking for Divorce

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Army Col. Dennis Taylor was court martialed at Fort Carson, Colorado and found guilty by a jury of ten off his peers for the attempted murder of his wife Carol. (Photo credit: Investigation Discovery)

Lt Joe Kenda of Homicide Hunter featured another case where he was tasked with investigating what hospital officials suspected was an attempted murder. Upon arrival at the hospital, he was bombarded by the press because they heard the call for service over the scanner. The hospital was secure and police officers were on the scene. Upon an initial briefing, Lt Kenda discovered that a nurse suspected that someone had tampered with one of their patient’s IVs. Lt Kenda then interviewed Carol Taylor, the wife of an Army officer also present at the hospital with their two children.

Lt Kenda learned that Carol had broken her leg and had developed some blood clots. She was simply visiting with her husband and children when all of a sudden the alarm on the IV infusion machine went off. And somehow the IV had been pulled from her arm. Lt Kenda immediately began to suspect that someone was trying to kill her because it looked like someone had either tampered with or inserted something into the IV line. Because the crime lab was not proficient in the hospital’s medical equipment, they called in a hospital employee who was considered an expert. This person determined that someone had injected something into the line. The only other people in the room were her husband and children.

Lt Kenda started his next line of questioning with the husband. He learned that Lt Col Dennis Taylor served in the US Army for 27 years and was currently working as the Chief of Oral Surgery at the Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado. Lt Kenda observed that the doctor was unusually calm and appeared to be minimizing the event and brushing it off as a mistake. So then Lt Kenda went back to the wife and asked her if she thought that maybe her husband did this. The wife claimed she was fine and that everyone was making a big deal out of it and she just wanted it to go away. She claimed that they had a great marriage and life. Lt Joe Kenda had a hard time believing that her marriage was as perfect as she made it out to be and moved forward with the investigation because there was in fact liquid in the IV pump that was not supposed to be there.

Kenda reached out to a family friend who worked alongside the doctor over the years. He learned from Stan that the doctor had confided in him that Carol was verbally abusive, demeaning him, telling him he is pathetic, and even punched him. She also was upset about his drinking and knew that he had been having extra-marital affairs. Stan told Kenda that the doctor wanted to leave Carol but she had threatened to go to his commander and report him for the drinking and adultery (both considered UCMJ infractions and punishable under military law) if he left her. Carol enjoyed the privileges of being a military wife too much to lose them to divorce. He felt trapped in his current abusive marriage and was drinking more and having affairs as a way to cope with his current situation. In the civilian world, Carol would not be able to get away with threatening her husband because it is not illegal to drink and have affairs.

As it turns out, the results of the pump came back and they found Diazinon, which is a poison used to kill ants, spiders, cockroaches, etc. She would have been dead in a matter of minutes and would have been in excruciating pain, as the poison would have burned her from the inside out. As a result, Kenda arrested the doctor for attempted murder. During the arrest he found a plunged hypodermic in his pocket. The doctor told him he didn’t need an attorney and admitted his guilt. He told Kenda that earlier that morning while he was out shopping, the idea came to him that this was the only way out. Because he is a doctor, he knew how to do it. He inserted the poison and the alarm went off so he pulled the IV out of her arm for fear of arrest.

Instead of the civilians pressing forward with a case, the Army decided that they were going to court martial the doctor. They claimed they wanted to make an example of the disgraced colonel in front of a jury of his peers. He was sentenced to 18 months hard labor and he and his family were stripped of all Army privileges. And this may be why Carol Taylor protected her husband despite the fact that he just tried to kill her. Why would the Army doctor rather kill his wife then report the domestic violence to the commander? Why would the doctor feel that going to the commander was not an option and his only way out of this abusive situation was to murder his wife? Why was the doctor so intimidated by the threat of his wife reporting what would be considered minor infractions, even under UCMJ standards?

We need to evaluate why the doctor felt that he was not able to report the abuse and threatening to the Commander. Would he automatically be in trouble with military leadership if he admitted that he had been drinking and having affairs? Was he concerned about losing his career, his retirement, or facing disciplinary action? Why did he feel that he had to choose murder over reporting the threats and abuse to his commander? These are all things that we must ponder. We are seeing a pattern over and over. Our military men do not feel that reporting to the commander is an option when they are the victim of a crime. If that is the case, how can we help our military men, who find themselves the victim of threats, domestic violence, or sexual assault, report to a safe place? Right now, some would rather resort to murder then report the crimes to their commander. There must be a better way.

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When the lifeless body of Willie McCarty is found at the base of a staircase, neighbors direct Kenda to a mysterious truck spotted fleeing the scene. Then… Kenda must solve a bizarre case of poisoning at a busy downtown hospital. -Investigation Discovery

A 2011 Documentary Gives You an Inside Look at Toxic Leadership in the US Army: On the Dark Side in Al Doura, Iraq


U.S. Army Ranger John Needham, who was awarded two purple hearts and three medals for heroism, wrote to military authorities in 2007 reporting war crimes that he witnessed being committed by his own command and fellow soldiers in Al Doura, Iraq. His charges were supported by atrocity photos which, in the public interest, are now released in this video. John paid a terrible price for his opposition to these acts. His story is tragic. –On the Dark Side in Al Doura

After watching the 2011 documentary ‘On the Dark Side in Al Doura’ which profiles the case of Army Private John Needham, one can clearly observe the similarities to ‘The Kill Team’ PBS documentary released in 2014. On the Dark Side in Al Doura interviewed Michael Needham, the father of John Needham, who was an Army whistleblower from Fort Carson, Colorado and reported witnessing war crimes and atrocities in Iraq; The Kill Team profiled Adam Winfield, an Army whistleblower from Fort Lewis, Washington who witnessed and tried to report the same war crimes and atrocities in Afghanistan. For the sake of preservation, both John Needham and Adam Winfield admitted feeling pressured to conform or risk their own lives if they didn’t. They both felt like they were being set up to die or participate in the war crimes. Both soldiers at times felt like suicide was their only way out because there was no safe place for them to report overseas nor could they escape the situation. If they made it out of the war zone alive, the return home didn’t fair well for them. The PBS documentary  ‘The Wounded Platoon’ released in 2010 reveals the impacts the wars overseas had on Fort Carson soldiers. After watching these three documentaries, it’s clear why our soldier’s combat experiences traumatized and changed some of them. They not only had to fight a credible threat on the battlefields but some were betrayed by the very team they depended on for their lives.

Michael Needham takes us through the series of events that occurred in the course of John’s short Army career. He shared how John was the fifth generation in the family to fight in a war. John volunteered to join the Army in the spring of 2006, went to Fort Benning, Georgia for training, and then got stationed at Fort Carson. John was an Army Ranger assigned to the 212th, 2nd Combat Team, 12th Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was part of the infamous team known as the ‘Lethal Warriors’ which now appears to be disbanded. Part of his initiation into his new band of brothers was fighting other soldiers to determine where one fell in the pecking order. John held his own in the fights and was respected for his wins. According to John, the soldiers that didn’t fair so well in the fights were ‘smoked’ by leadership and peers, which ultimately forced them to leave, quit, or commit suicide. In October of 2006 John was deployed with his Fort Carson team to Al Doura, Iraq. His team was assigned to the Quarter Cav which was known for having some of the deadliest fights in the Iraq war.

John was a good soldier. He worked hard, saved lives in Iraq, and was awarded three medals for heroism and two Purple Hearts. John excelled as part of team, was brave, and his resilience was admirable. But during the course of John’s deployment, he witnessed war crimes and other atrocities committed by leadership and his fellow soldiers that affected his morale. John would also admit that initially he wasn’t quiet about it and when he did question superiors, he was told he didn’t have the right to question leadership. He didn’t dare report the war crimes via e-mail or telephone because he knew leadership could monitor everything. So for the sake of preservation and life’s sake, he did what he had to do to get by and stay alive. John would share that the Army was short of personnel so most of the soldiers got driven into the ground and deprived of sleep. After awhile John felt that he was forced into committing war atrocities that were illegal but feared if he didn’t do it, he would become a liability to the team and ultimately a casualty of his own people.

One night John was sent out on a mission with a Lieutenant (who did not commit war crimes yet remained silent). John thought this was unusual because they didn’t usually get sent out in pairs. They were ambushed by three shooters in the middle of the night who were determined to see them dead. When the shooting began, John pushed the Lieutenant to safety and kept the shooters at bay. He shot every round he had and when he was almost out of ammunition, he called the 212th for back-up on the radio but nobody answered him. Luckily another team was nearby who did answer him and was able to extract the soldiers from the situation and save their lives. It would be this incident that would break John’s spirit. He immediately suspected that he and the other soldier were sent on this mission to be killed. When he got back to the base, he began yelling “Why did you set us up?” And “If you want to kill me, kill me to my face!” But nobody acknowledged him so he went back to his tent where he decided that he would commit suicide. John was exhausted, irate, and he saw no way out. He didn’t want to live anymore. He felt that committing suicide was his only way out. John put a handgun to his head but just as he got ready to pull the trigger, his roommate dove and pushed the gun away from his head. The gun discharged and put a hole in the wall. Soldiers immediately began ascending upon the area. According to John, once leadership learned what happened, they held him down and beat him then locked him in captivity in a small room. The Battalion Commander was the one who kept John captive yet he didn’t press any formal charges.

John’s father Michael learned through John’s friends in Afghanistan that John was being held captive by the Battalion Commander. They were concerned about him. John’s family was already concerned about John’s earlier e-mails and posts on MySpace because it sounded like he had given up, which was not like him. With this information Michael Needham contacted Army commands, Fort Carson, Congressional leaders and the Army Inspector General (IG). He reports that the only office that took him seriously at the time was the IG. Michael was trying to save his son’s life. He told the IG that he didn’t want him to die. The IG’s office shared a list of rights for both John and Michael. And it was at this time Michael learned that he had third party rights and could intervene and act on John’s behalf. Michael was finally able to get in touch with the Battalion Commander only to learn that John was being treated like a criminal. The Battalion Commander informed Michael that John committed crimes and was being sent to prison in Kuwait. But Michael was able to intervene and get the Command to send him to medical instead. Medical determined that John was severely injured both physically and mentally. He had significant back injuries from the multiple explosions and blasts, shrapnel in his body, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Army medical in Iraq referred John to medical in Germany and from there he would be sent to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the states. But not before the Battalion Commander would put up one more roadblock. Instead, Michael Needham won this battle and John was flown to Germany.

Eventually, John was sent to Ward 54 which is the psychiatric ward at Walter Reed. Michael shared that John appeared to like the psychiatric help he was getting. A month into John’s stay at Walter Reed, he was informed that the Iraq Battalion Commander contacted the 212th Command in Colorado and requested that John be sent back to Fort Carson where he was facing criminal charges including unlawful discharge of a weapon. They were making him go and sent armed guards to accompany him back to Fort Carson. Michael Needham tried to intervene with the 212th at Fort Carson but they said they couldn’t do anything because they had orders from the Battalion Commander. John was sent back to Fort Carson and the harassment he endured in Iraq continued with the 212th in Colorado. John shared that they mentally tortured him, banged on his barracks door, stole his things, and isolated him. It was at this time Michael elicited the help of a veteran advocate Andrew Pogany who went to the command in Colorado and held these people personally accountable. Andrew helps soldiers in John’s situation because he understands how important it is to intervene. John could not get the kind of help that he needed at Fort Carson. Michael shared that the soldiers could see a professional once a week if they were suicidal and once a month if they were not. John’s father wanted him transferred to a Naval Medical Center in San Diego for intensive treatment and so he could be closer to home. Andrew helped make that happen.

Michael began to understand the impacts the war had on his son after John got back to California. John couldn’t handle driving above 35 mph, was suspicious of trash on the side of the road, and was easily startled by loud noises. He could not function in public and suffered with what is known as flashbacks. The Naval Medical Center in San Diego recommended that John get surgery on his back right away. They warned him that he could become paralyzed if he didn’t get the surgery. In the meantime Johns father spoke candidly with one of the Navy doctors about the treatment John received both in Iraq and at Fort Carson. He reiterated that he was concerned about his well being and asked him to help him find a way to prevent John from being sent back to Fort Carson, Colorado. Michael Needham feared that if John got sent back to Fort Carson that he would not return. This doctor agreed to help John. And Andrew Pogany recommended that John report the war crimes to the Army in an effort to protect John from being complicit and implicated in the future. John reported to the Army that he witnessed both leadership and peers killing innocent Iraqi civilians during the October 2006 to October 2007 timeframe in and around Al Doura. It wasn’t long after John made the report that all the charges against him were dropped and Fort Carson gave the necessary approval to transfer him to Balboa Naval Command. John went in front of the medical board and was medically retired for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, and back injuries. He was discharged honorably from the Army. The Army investigated John’s claims but concluded that no war crimes were committed.

Michael and John won a lot of battles with the US Army but soon they would lose the war. Just days after John was discharged from the Army, he would be accused of beating his new girlfriend to death with his bare hands. John Needham was charged with the murder of Jacqwelyn Villagomez and jailed for ten months until his family raised enough money to get him out on bail. John was not given treatment while jailed so the family was motivated to get him out so he could get the treatment he needed. John did in fact follow through with getting treatment and he learned a lot about himself in the process. He spent some time on camera talking about how the combat stress and the betrayal from his team impacted him. He talked about how he didn’t realize the significant impacts from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. John recognized how PTSD and TBI did in fact play a role in his fight or flight response mechanisms and that it may be because these conditions went untreated that he disocciated, snapped and beat his girlfriend to death. The two were in a heated argument after Jacqwelyn attacked one of John’s female friends. Both of them were volatile but unfortunately there were no witnesses to the event as John’s friend was outside the home calling the police to report Jacqwelyn. While John was awaiting trial, he went to Arizona to get another surgery and visit with his mom. On February 19, 2010 following treatment at the Department of Veterans Affairs, John would be found dead in his room from an overdose on painkillers. The cause of death at autopsy was considered undetermined and it is unclear if John accidentally overdosed or committed suicide.

Brig. Gen. Stephen Xenakis, M.D. (Ret.), a former top military psychiatrist who until recently was a consultant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told us: “[TBI ]most sensitively affects executive functioning, that part of the brain that we use for judgment and we use for decision making … when we are in situations of intense emotion. So if a person is affected neurologically … they don’t have the controls that they had before. … They can’t think as clearly. …They are really vulnerable to just reacting, overreacting, particularly maybe doing something that they had done when they’d been in combat.” –The Wounded Platoon

As a parent, Michael Needham has questions for the Army. Why don’t they even recognize the problem? Why don’t they take care of the soldiers? And why did they leave his son John Needham behind? The documentary ‘On the Dark Side in Al Doura’ concludes with the reminder that since the Patriot Act was passed and Dick Cheney declared that we needed to go into the shadows, the definition of torture has been blurred. The Abu Ghraib prisoner torture and abuse scandal erupted under the Bush administration in 2003 but no war crimes have been investigated under President Barack Obama’s administration. If the rule of law has been lost, what do we have? Our military personnel have a responsibility to abide by the rules established by the Geneva Conventions. John Needham and Adam Winfield both reported witnessing innocent civilians murdered by their fellow leadership and peers in Iraq and Afghanistan. They both also shared the impact the crimes had on their mental health and morale. They wished they could have reported the crimes to someone who would have listened and understood that their lives were in danger. We can learn a lot from John Needham and Adam Winfield; they have experienced what it’s like to be a whistleblower in the US Army. They have clearly illustrated what toxic leadership in the Army looks like and how whistleblowers in the US military have nowhere to turn.

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Private John Needham, US Army

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August: U.S. Department of Defense Casualties Report (2016)

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Aug. 24, 2016: DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Matthew Thompson, 28, Afghanistan, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

Aug. 14, 2016: DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Christopher Wilbur, 36, NCD, Afghanistan, Fort Carson, Colorado

Aug. 6, 2016: DOD Identifies Air Force Casualty: Flando Jackson, 45, NCD, Qatar, Washington Air National Guard

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SSG Christopher Wilbur, US Army, Died of a Non Combat-Related Injury in Kandahar, Afghanistan (2016)

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SSG Christopher Wilbur, US Army

SSG Christopher Wilbur, US Army, died of a non combat related injury in Kandahar, Afghanistan on August 12, 2016. SSG Wilbur was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel on behalf of the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, in Fort Carson, Colorado. According to the Department of Defense, the incident is under investigation.

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Fort Carson Army Soldiers Dustin Mincy, Roman Alred, Mykal Hall, and Aaron Perry Charged With First Degree Burglary, Felony Menacing, and Child Abuse (2016)

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Left to right: Dustin Mincy, Roman Alred, Mykal Hall, Aaran Perry (photo courtesy http://www.usjag.org)

Fort Carson Army soldiers Dustin Mincy, 20, Roman Alred, 20, Mykal Hall, 19, and Aaron Perry, 21, were arrested and charged with suspicion of first-degree burglary, felony menacing, and child abuse on July 24, 2016 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Fort Carson Army Soldier Branden Harms Pleaded Guilty to Child Abuse Resulting in Death; Faced 40-48 Years in Prison at Sentencing (2016)

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Branden Harms, US Army

Fort Carson soldier Branden Harms, 28, admitted to raising his hand against 4-month-old Ava Bermudez inflicting injuries severe enough to kill her on April 18, 2016. Harms was entrusted to care for his girlfriend’s newborn daughter. Investigators say the injuries were inflicted while the child’s mother, also his live-in girlfriend, Jessica Bermudez, went out with a friend. Harms was arrested by the Fountain Police on April 19, 2016. Branden Harms pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in death and also admitted to withholding medical care. He faced 40-48 years in prison at sentencing on May 16, 2017.

Taking a deep breath in court, Harms described how he “almost saw black” and then began to “excessively spank her. Sometime after that, I began to choke her,” he said. “Further after that, when I was putting her in her crib, I wasn’t gentle.” The former soldier suggested that he threw the girl into her crib with enough force to split its wooden bottom, sending the infant to the floor beneath. “After that,” he added, “I kind of snapped to, and it was too late.” –Colorado Gazette

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Vanity Fair Confidential on Investigation Discovery Features ‘Code of Dishonor’


There are thousands of victims. All members of the American Air Force. How far will they go to stop a covert war against women? -Vanity Fair Confidential

Vanity Fair Confidential on Investigation Discovery featured ‘Code of Dishonor’ which was an investigation of the issue of sexual assault in the military. They highlighted the US Air Force Academy sexual assault scandal back in 2003 and the more recent case of Myah Bilton-Smith, who was also a victim of sexual assault while serving in the United States Air Force. The show revealed that sexual assault can happen to anyone including officers and enlisted.

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Violent Crime, Suicide, and Non Combat Death at Fort Carson, Colorado (US Army)

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Andrew Byers, US Army (2016): Combat Death, Engaging Enemy Forces

Ryan Gloyer, US Army (2016): Combat Death, Engaging Enemy Forces

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Branden Harms, US Army (2016): Plead Guilty to Death of 4 Month Old Infant 

Dustin Mincy, US Army (2016): One of Four Soldiers Charged with First-degree Burglary, Felony Menacing, and Child Abuse

Aaron Perry, US Army (2016): One of Four Soldiers Charged with First-degree Burglary, Felony Menacing, and Child Abuse

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Christopher Wilbur, US Army (2016): Non Combat Death, Afghanistan

Benjamin Cardwell, US Army (2015): Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft of Government Property

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Monterrious Daniel, US Army (2015): Non Combat Related Incident, Kuwait

Johnny Herrera, US Army (2015): Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft of Government Property

Justin Holt, US Army (2015): Died After Stryker Vehicle Rollover in Training Area

Joseph Kimsey, US Army (2015): Sentenced to Life without Parole for Homicide of Ashley Melnyczok

Ashley Melnyczok, Civilian (2015): Homicide Victim of Boyfriend Joseph Kimsey

Ashley Pullen, US Army Veteran (2015): Serial Rapist, Sentenced to Life in Prison

Noel Acevedo-Mercado, US Army (2014): Accused of Raping Teenager with John Donathan; Disposition Unknown

John Donathan, US Army (2014): Accused of Raping Teenager with Noel Acevedo-Mercado; Died Before Trial

Jeffrey Page, US Army (2014): Homicide of Army Spc. Adrian Perkins in Jordan

Benjamin Prange, US Army (2014): Died from Wounds Suffered in IED Attack, Afghanistan

Keith Williams, US Army (2014): Died from Wounds Suffered in IED Attack, Afghanistan

Deangelo Brown, US Army (2013): Homicide Victim; Larry Spencer, Jr. Sentenced to Life, No Parole

Jonathan Clark III, US Army (2013): Suicide by Cop; PTSD, Deployed 3 Times

David Dunlap, US Army (2013): Homicide Victim; Macyo Joelle Sentenced to Life, Parole After 40 Years

Whitney Butler Dunlap, US Army Spouse (2013): Pregnant; Homicide Victim; Macyo Joelle Sentenced to Life, Parole After 40 Years

Joseph Garcia, US Army (2013): Two Counts of Sexual Assault on Child by a Person in Position of Trust; Sentenced to 30 Years Minimum

Saul Lucas, US Army (2013): Accused of Four Counts of Attempted First Degree Murder, First Degree Burglary, Third-degree assault; Disposition Unknown

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Aaron Lucas, US Army (2012): Indecent Exposure, Kidnapping, Child Rape

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Murder-for-hire sting nabs soldier, ex-Army officer
Verdict Returned Against Two Remaining Defendants in Murder-for-Hire and Drug Trafficking Conspiracy
Former Army soldier sentenced for murder-for-hire and gun possession

Stephanie Charboneau, US Army (2010): Bribery, Conspiracy to Commit Bribery
Army Soldier and Civilian Sentenced on Bribery Charges for Facilitating Thefts of Fuel in Afghanistan
Army Soldier Sentenced on Bribery Charges for Facilitating Thefts of Fuel in Afghanistan

Thaddeus Montgomery II, US Army (2010): Non Combat Death

Christopher Weaver, US Army (2010): Bribery, Facilitating Theft of Fuel
Army Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Facilitating Theft of Fuel in Afghanistan
Former Fort Carson soldier sentenced in $1M fuel theft from US military
Army Soldier and Civilian Sentenced on Bribery Charges for Facilitating Thefts of Fuel in Afghanistan
Army Soldier Sentenced in Kentucky on Bribery Charges for Facilitating Thefts of Fuel in Afghanistan

Roy Mason, US Army (2009): Suicide
Missing Fort Carson Soldier Found Dead
Memorial grows at spot of soldier’s suicide
Soldier who killed himself in Santa Cruz was part of troubled Army unit

Jose Barco, US Army (2008)
Fort Carson soldiers’ killing spree after Iraq combat
Ex-soldier who wounded pregnant woman sentenced to 52 years
Three stories from FRONTLINE’s The Wounded Platoon

Jomar Falu-Vives, US Army (2008)
2 Fort Carson soldiers arrested in double homicide
Army soldier gets 12 years
Ft. Carson GI sentenced as accessory to 2 murders

Judilianna Lawrence, Civilian (2008): Rape/Homicide Victim

Courtney Lockhart, US Army (2008)
PTSD: How the U.S. Army Failed Veteran Courtney Lockhart
Combat experience is factor in death penalty cases, experts say
How Did a Lifelong Prison Sentence for an Iraq Vet Turn Into an Imminent Death Sentence?

Robert Marko, US Army (2008): Rape/Homicide of 19 yo Civilian

John Needham, US Army (2008): Accused of Homicide, Overdosed Awaiting Trial

Rodolfo Torres-Gandarilla, US Army (2008)
2 Fort Carson soldiers arrested in double homicide
Army soldier gets 12 years
Ft. Carson GI sentenced as accessory to 2 murders

Jacqwelyn Villagomez, Civilian (2008): Homicide Victim

Bruce Bastien, US Army (2007): Accessory to Murder of Pfc. Robert James & Spc. Kevin Shields

Louis Bressler, US Army (2007): Accessory to Murder of Pfc. Robert James & Spc. Kevin Shields; Aggravated Robbery & Stabbing of Erica Hamm

Kenneth Eastridge, US Army (2007): Accessory to Murder of Spc. Kevin Shields

Robert James, US Army (2007): Homicide Victim

Kevin Shields, US Army (2007): Homicide Victim

Olin Ferrier, US Army (2007)
Carson soldier accused in slaying
War Stresses Linked to Soldiers’ Crimes
New Details On Pueblo Cab Driver Death Investigation
Intense combat tied to homicides by Ft. Carson GIs

Reggie Martinez, US Army (2004)
U.S. Soldiers Charged in Iraqi Drowning Death
Soldiers charged with manslaughter in Iraqi’s drowning death
Soldier in Iraqi drowning case blames commanders
GIs Deny Drowning Iraqi

Tracy Perkins, US Army (2004)
U.S. Soldiers Charged in Iraqi Drowning Death
Soldiers charged with manslaughter in Iraqi’s drowning death
Soldier in Iraqi drowning case blames commanders
GIs Deny Drowning Iraqi

Jack Saville, US Army (2004)
U.S. Soldiers Charged in Iraqi Drowning Death
Soldiers charged with manslaughter in Iraqi’s drowning death
Soldier in Iraqi drowning case blames commanders
GIs Deny Drowning Iraqi

James Neal, US Army Veteran (1996): Homicide of Spouse

Kevin Gooley, Civilan (1994): Homicide of Brandin Penza

Brandin Penza, US Army Veteran (1994): Homicide Victim

Michael Pelkey, US Army (1993): Homicide of Spouse

James Catlin, US Army (1991): Homicide of Maggie Fetty

Leroy Davis, US Army (1991): Homicide of Christopher Walton, US Army

Maggie Fetty, Civilian (1991): Homicide Victim by Army Soldier

Daniel Stewart, US Army (1991): Homicide of Maggie Fetty

Christopher Walton, US Army (1991): Homicide Victim

Jennifer Reali, US Army Spouse (1990): Homicide of Diane Hood

Darlene Krashoc, US Army (1987): Unsolved Rape & Homicide; $10,000 Reward

Micki Filmore, US Army Veteran (1986): Rape and Homicide Victim

Barbara Kramer, Civilian (1986): Rape and Homicide Victim

Tracy Spencer, US Army (1986): Homicide of Micki Filmore & Barbara Kramer

Nolly Depadua, US Army (1985): Homicide of Lourdes Riddles, USAF Spouse

Brian Hawkins, US Army (1985): Accessory to Homicide

Lourdes Riddle, US Air Force Spouse (1985): Homicide Victim

Ronnie Ball, US Air Force (1979): Homicide, Temporary Insanity

Michael Faast, Civilian (1979): Homicide Victim

Estevan Maestas, Civilian (1978): Detonated Stolen Fort Carson Grenade

Dennis Taylor, US Army (Year Unknown): Attempted Homicide

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The Wounded Platoon, Frontline PBS, 2010 [Video]
Violence and the Military
Deadly duty for Fort Carson
17 Fort Carson Soldiers Charged in Domestic Killings
Fort Carson soldiers’ killing spree after Iraq combat
“All I Know How to do Is Kill People”
Intense combat tied to homicides by Ft. Carson GIs
Fort Carson report: Combat stress contributed to soldiers’ crimes back home
Army: Investigation of Homocides at Fort Carson, Colorado (Nov 2008 – May 2009)
A History of Shootings at Military Installations in the U.S.
Soldiers suspected in Colorado slayings
Army to Probe Five Slayings Linked to Colorado Brigade
Fort Carson Gets a Black Eye for Its Treatment of These Green Berets
9 years after leaving Army, veteran mistakenly declared AWOL is arrested, jailed
Three stories from FRONTLINE’s The Wounded Platoon (David Nash)
Human Cost of Combat Can Come Due at Home

Army Soldier Joseph Kimsey and Jonathan Nelson Found Guilty of Murdering Ashley Melnyczok; Both Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole (2015)

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Joseph Kimsey, US Army (top left), Jonathan Nelson (bottom left), and Ashley Melnyczok (right)

Fort Carson Army soldier Joseph Kimsey, 23, murdered Ashley Melnyczok with Jonathan Nelson on June 3, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. During trial, it was revealed that Ashley was stabbed, bludgeoned, and left to die with a plastic bag taped over her head in her apartment, the result of a deadly robbery plot. According to authorities, Melnyczok advertised her escort services online and on a personal website; she was targeted for up to $20,000 in cash she kept under her bed. Kimsey and Nelson met in the El Paso County jail in the weeks before the murder and initially plotted to steal from Melnyczok as a means of getting money to post bond. Jonathan Nelson was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole in February 2017. Joseph Kimsey was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole in March 2017.

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Colorado Springs police arrest AWOL Fort Carson soldier as 2nd suspect in killing
AWOL Fort Carson Soldier Arrested in Death of Colorado Springs Woman
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Hearing in homicide of Colorado Springs woman focuses on involvement of man levied with upgraded murder charge
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Man convicted in 2015 murder at Colorado Springs apartment complex
Ex-Fort Carson soldier sentenced to life without parole in escort slaying
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Colorado Springs prostitute had a ‘horrible, horrible, death,’ prosecutor says
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Second man found guilty of 2015 Colorado Springs murder
Second man found guilty of 2015 murder in Colorado Springs
Former Fort Carson soldier gets life for fatal stabbing
Violent Crime, Suicide and Non Combat Death at Fort Carson, Colorado (US Army)