The Army Blotter: Bank robber wore his ACUs, murdered medic's pals charged, Guardsman busted in brutal beating

  • A deserter from Fort Campbell, Ky., arrested in a string of bank robberies was caught on camera pulling a bank heist in his ACU’s, police said. Jose Gonzalez-Silva, 22, and four of his buddies are  accused of robbing at least five banks across Central Florida. [via WFTV]
  • Two Fort Bragg, N.C., soldiers have been charged in the stabbing death of combat medic Spc. Morganne McBeth at Al Asad Air Base July 2. Spc. Nicholas Bailey, 23, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in McBeth’s death; Spc. Tyler Cain, 21,  is charged with lying to investigators. The family has been told multiple and conflicting accounts of what happened and how their daughter died, and all they want is answers, the medic’s mother said. [via Fayetteville Observer]
  • A Queens mom found dead on a Brooklyn, N.Y., beach was beaten so severely, cops initially thought she had been shot. Police said her boyfriend, Guardsman and Iraq war vet David Lynch, argued with her during an early morning dip, then beat, bit and suspended her by her legs as he submerged her in the ocean. Lynch, who did three tours in Iraq before enlisting in the National Guard in 2008, was studying criminal justice. “”I told my brother numerous times, because he did have anger issues, that he should see somebody,” Lynch’s brother said. [via New York Daily News]
  • Pfc. David “Smiley” Lawrence, a Fort Carson, Colo.,  on trial in the shooting death of a shackled Taliban commander, demonstrated disturbing behavior beforehand, fellow soldiers testified. Soldiers with the 1st BCT, 4th ID offered two portraits of Lawrence, one as a legitimately troubled troop, and another, as trying to “pull the crazy card.” One soldier said Lawrence talked about suicide, but “I did not think it was real.” His platoon leader said he received reports Lawrence talked about his homicidal and suicidal thoughts.  [via Denver Post and Associated Press/CHNI-FM]
  • A court-martial awaits Staff Sgt. Robert Stevens, one of 12 soldiers charged in a war crimes investigation into the shootings of Afghan civilians. The court-martial was scheduled for Wednesday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state after Stevens, of Portland, Ore., waived his right to a preliminary Article 32 hearing, The Seattle Times reported. [via UPI]
  • A 16-year-old boy charged with murdering a Gilbert R. Hart, a 50-year-old Army veteran and Clarksville, Tenn., real estate investor had a motion to reduce his bond denied. [via The Leaf-Chronicle]

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