The Army Blotter: E-4 held in wife's death, troopers 'hearing voices' in rapes and murder, and Wikileaker a 'hero.'



  • An Afghanistan vet from Fort Campbell, Ky., whose wife was found dead was being held in a local jail for the Army. CID won’t say whether Spc. Robert Spencer Jenks III, a 25-year-old health care specialist with the rear detachment of the 4th BCT, 101st Airborne, is a suspect or not in the death of his wife, Linzi R. Jenks, who was a mother of two, ages 1 and 3. [via Leaf-Chronicle and Courier-Journal]
  • Lawyers for a paratrooper charged with murdering his brother-in-law argued Tuesday to suppress a statement given to investigators after his arrest. After allegedly killing Stephen Harris, Spc Eric Mead, 26, told investigators he sometimes heard voices and that the pair discussed Mead’s relationship with his wife. Mead’s attorneys argued that he invoked his right to counsel and should not have been questioned. Mead is a member of the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. [via Fayetteville Observer]
  • The court martial for Iraq vet Spc. Aaron Michael Pernell, 23, facing life in prison on multiple charges of rape and burglary told an investigator that “Jason,” a voice inside his head, instructed him to attack one of the women. “I myself would not commit these crimes. The voice in my head makes me do bad things,” Pernell allegedly said. Pernell is in the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, the same unit as Mead. [via WRAL-TV]
  • A traitor to many, accused Wikileaker Pfc. Bradley Manning may be called a hero by the Berkeley, Calif., City Council. The council will consider a resolution to call Manning a hero who should be freed. “If he did what he’s accused of doing, he’s a patriot and should get a medal,” said the Berkeley peace and justice commissioner who authored the resolution. [via San Francisco Chronicle]

  • A wounded vet accused of stalking members of a Topeka church that protests at soldiers’ funerals is out of jail in Wichita. Ryan Newell, 26, was initially held on $500,000 bond, but a judge let him leave on his own recognaizance on the condition he report to a VA hospital. [via KSN-TV]
  • Docs are examining Maj. Nidal Hasan, accused Fort Hood rampager to see if he is mentally fit to be refered to a court martial. Hasan’s attorney, John Galligan, said he doesn’t believe Hasan will get fair evaluaton from the sanity board. “They are moving in checklist fashion to try him and kill him,” Galligan said. [via Austin American Statesman]
  • Sgt. Darren Jones is scheduled to appear in court at Joint Base Lewis-McChord this morning to face charges that he beat up another soldier and fired at Afghan civilians who did not pose a threat to him during his deployment with the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division earlier this year. Jones, 29, of Pomona, Calif., is one of a dozen soldiers from his platoon facing misconduct charges. Five are accused of murdering civilians. [via the Olympian]

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