A Month in Review: In the News on Military Justice for All (February 2018)

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Reward offered in case of service dog found shot, dumped at train tracks

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ACTIVE DUTY

Stateside Deaths:
Army Ranger died during free-fall training in January
CMC facing court-martial committed suicide, police say
Altus airman killed in bicycle accident
Special Forces soldier dies in motorcycle crash outside Fort Bragg
Virginia Beach sailor killed in crash had “high aspirations” for a better life in America
Airman from Vandenberg Air Force Base killed in early-morning crash
Air Force identifies airman killed after being run over by bus
Identity revealed of airman killed near Vandenberg; donations being solicited for services
Young Army soldier found dead in parking lot from apparent suicide
Army: Paratrooper, 19, found dead in North Carolina
Army Ranger killed in accidental shooting at training facility has been identified
Officials ID Army Ranger who died at Oregon training facility
Soldier commits suicide after Army wives bullied her, told her she should die
Marine from Riverside who served multiple deployments killed in car crash
Death of 82nd Airborne Paratrooper in Fayetteville under investigation
Shooting death of Army Ranger at Camp Rilea prompts investigation
Soldier dies in accidental shooting at Oregon’s Camp Rilea
Soldier dies in shooting at Oregon’s Camp Rilea

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Oxygen Premiered ‘Killing Versace: The Hunt for a Serial Killer’ (2018)


“Killing Versace: The Hunt For A Serial Killer” re-examines the infamous manhunt for Cunanan through new and revisited expert insider interviews. Watch new episodes of Killing Versace, premiering February 11th at 7/6c, only on Oxygen.

1) Jeffrey Trail was [Andrew] Cunanan’s friend.

According to Newsweek, Cunanan told friends in April 1997 he was headed to Minneapolis “to visit an old friend with whom he had unfinished business.” The old friend was Trail, who had previously been a naval officer. Vanity Fair reports Cunanan described Trail as his best and “my brother.”

CBS News reported Trail was a Gulf War veteran and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Friends called him “an upbeat, fun-loving, compassionate man.” Trail’s father told The Washington Post in July 1997, “Jeff was the kind of guy who was always trying to help people out… He went out of his way to be helpful to people.”

Read more from Harpers Bazaar here.

Related Links:
Five Lives Cut Short (1997)
Friends Remember Cunanan Victim (1997)
First Killing May Offer Clues to Four Others (1997)
Killing Versace: Hunt For a Serial Killer | Oxygen
The Gianni Versace Case, Explained – Very Real | Oxygen
Killing Versace: The Hunt for a Serial Killer – Premiering February 11th at 7/6c | Oxygen
Inside look at the Gianni Versace murder | ABC News
American Crime Story Season 2: The Assassination of Gianni Versace Trailer (HD)
Andrew Cunanan, the Versace Killer | The Crime Network
A Look Back at the Murder of Gianni Versace, 20 Years Later | Inside Edition
Versace’s murderer Andrew Cunanan kills his first two victims
Why Did Andrew Cunanan Go on a Killing Spree? American Crime Story Explores His Motives
Who Were Jeffrey Trail and David Madson? American Crime Story Explores Andrew Cunanan’s First Victims
Who Were Jeffrey Trail And David Madson, Andrew Cunanan’s First Victims?
Who Was Jeffrey Trail? ‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace’ Explores Andrew Cunanan’s Alarming Fixation On Him
Who Is Jeff Trail In ‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’?
Versace: Watch Jeff Trail’s Real-Life Interview About Being Gay in the Military
‘American Crime Story’: Watch Jeff Trail’s Real ’48 Hours’ Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Interview (Video)

Fort Hood Army Sgt. Sean Callahan Passed Away Unexpectedly in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Remembered Fondly at Memorial Service (2017)

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Sgt. Sean Callahan, US Army

Army Sgt. Sean Callahan, 31, passed away unexpectedly in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on February 18, 2017. Sgt. Callahan initially entered the Army in March 2008 as an M-1 Armor Crewman but since 2014 was assigned as a ceremony coordinator and flag custodian for the Secretary to the General Staff section, Headquarters Support Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, III Corps, at Fort Hood. According to the obituary, Sgt. Callahan deployed to Iraq in December 2009 as part of Operation New Dawn and was re-deployed in December 2010. The HHB III Corps at Fort Hood held a memorial service for Sgt. Callahan on March 2 2017, and his fellow soldiers remembered him fondly for his positive attitude and great work ethic.

“Sean’s impact on those who knew him simply cannot be measured and the absence of his infectious smile and quick wit will be deeply missed by all.” –Obituary

Related Links:
Obituary: Sean Callahan
Obituary: SGT Sean Callahan
HHB III Corps remembers Callahan for smile, cheer
Army Soldiers at Fort Hood in Texas Are Dying at Alarming Rates Stateside
Violent Crime, Suicide, and Non Combat Death at Fort Hood, Texas (US Army)
73 Fort Hood Soldiers Died Since January 2016: 4 Insider Attacks & 2 Suicides Overseas; 67 Stateside Deaths Including 34 Alleged Suicides & 1 Unsolved Homicide
Military Policy and Legislation Considerations for the Investigations of Non Combat Death, Homicide, and Suicide of US Service Members (2016)
Washington DC Veteran’s Presentation on the Current Status of the Armed Forces at Fort Hood in Texas (2017)
The Fort Hood Fallen on Facebook

Fort Bragg Army Green Beret WO1 Shawn Thomas Died in a Vehicle Accident on a Routine Drive Between Outposts in Niger, Africa (2017)

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Warrant Officer 1 Shawn Thomas, US Army

Army Green Beret Warrant Officer 1 Shawn Thomas, 35, died February 2, 2017 in a vehicle roll-over accident that occurred during a routine administrative movement between partner force outposts in Niger, Africa. WO1 Thomas was conducting advising operations in Niger on behalf of the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. WO1 Thomas had seven combined deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Shawn’s wife met his casket at the airport and the moments she had with him were captured on video.

Related Links:
Green Beret dies while serving in Niger, Africa
Green Beret dies in accident during anti-Boko Haram mission
Army: Green Beret dies in non-combat accident in Niger
Special Forces soldier dies in accident in Niger
Green Beret dies during advising operations to counter Boko Haram in Africa
Hero Green Beret’s body returns home
Military widow mourns Green Beret husband’s death
Shawn Thomas’ widow meets his coffin at the airport
Heartbreaking video captures homecoming of soldier’s casket
Moment Green Beret Shawn Thomas’ Widow Grieves By His Coffin At Airport
Passengers heard crying on video as soldier’s casket unloaded from flight
Passengers moved to tears as they watch fallen soldier return home on flight
Entire plane starts to cry when they realize they are carrying fallen Green Beret
Grieving Army Widow Meets Her Husband’s Coffin on Airport Tarmac, Leaving Plane Passengers in Tears
The ultimate sacrifice: Heartbreaking moment a grieving widow meets her hero Green Beret husband’s coffin on the airport tarmac – leaving scores of plane passengers in tears
Military wife mourning fallen Green Beret in viral video is hailed as ‘patriot’
Soldier’s Wife Weeps Over His Coffin on Airport Tarmac: ‘This Goes on Every Day’
Fallen soldier’s father reacts to heartbreaking viral video
Soldier’s father speaks out after video of grieving widow meeting casket on tarmac goes viral
Late Oklahoma Green Beret Arrives Stateside For Interment At Arlington


Shawn Thomas’ widow meets his coffin at the airport.

The Kill Team: The Army Drops Charges Against Spc. Michael Wagnon in Afghan Civilian Murder Case (2012)

Specialist Michael Wagnon is seen in this undated handout.

Spc. Michael Wagnon, US Army

Army dropped charges against Spc. Michael Wagnon in Afghan civilian murder case on February 3, 2012.


Equal parts infuriating and illuminating, THE KILL TEAM looks at the devastating moral tensions that tear at soldiers’ psyches through the lens of one highly personal and emotional story. Private Adam Winfield was a 21-year-old soldier in Afghanistan when he attempted with the help of his father to alert the military to heinous war crimes his platoon was committing. But Winfield’s pleas went unheeded. Left on his own and with threats to his life, Private Winfield was himself drawn into the moral abyss, forced to make a split-second decision that would change his life forever. -The Kill Team 

Related Links:
Army Charge Sheets
Sworn Statements
Soldiers charged in Afghan killings
5 U.S. Soldiers Charged In Afghan Civilians’ Deaths
U.S. soldiers charged with murdering civilians, collecting their fingers in Afghanistan
Army to prosecute Wash. soldier on murder count
Las Vegas soldier charged with murder
Pre-trial hearings loom for U.S. soldiers accused of killing Afghan civilians for sport
Army delays last “kill team” case, postponing trial for two months
Soldier: Key ‘kill team’ witness admitted lying
Army urged to drop murder charge against Stryker soldier
Charges dropped against soldier in Afghan deaths
Army drops charges against last soldier in Afghan murder case
Army drops murder charge against last soldier tied to ‘kill team’ cases
US military drops ‘kill team’ charges against soldier
Did U.S. Soldiers Kill for Thrills?
Allegations Of Murder Mar American Mission In Afghanistan
Possible Army atrocities put U.S. in bind
Army looks at officers of accused
The Kill Team: How U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan Murdered Innocent Civilians
Defend Michael Wagnon
Trial International: Michael Wagnon
For Former Military Lawyer Colby Vokey, the Defense Never Rests
Army urged to drop murder charge against Stryker soldier
Stryker soldier’s charges of murdering Afghan civilians should be dropped, investigator says
Army drops charges against last soldier in Afghan murder case
Army drops murder charge against last soldier tied to ‘kill team’ cases
US military drops ‘kill team’ charges against soldier
Charges dropped against soldier in Afghan deaths
Charges dropped against soldier in Afghan deaths 2
Stryker ‘kill team’ trials left some soldiers’ families deeply in debt
The PBS Documentary ‘The Kill Team’ Reveals How the Military Justice System Operates in Response to Media Scandals

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