first published on March 8, 2019 by Will
Of the four US special ops troops charged in the June 4, 2017 strangulation murder of Green Beret SSG Logan Melgar, one Marine Raider and one SEAL are seeking plea deals with government prosecutors.
Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Adam C. Matthews and Marine Raider Staff Sgt. Kevin Maxwell are the ones negotiating for plea deals. Meanwhile, Navy SEAL Petty Officer Anthony DeDolph and Marine Raider Gunnery Sgt. Mario A. Madera-Rodriguez are not seeking negotiations. The hearings have been postponed twice so far.
Speaking on behalf of the defendant SEAL Chief Petty Officer Adam Matthews, defense attorney Grover Baxley claimed Matthews “does look forward to getting an opportunity to explain the details of what actually happened in Mali in June 2017 since much of the reporting over the past 21 months has contained wildly inaccurate information. Most importantly, though, SOC Matthews hopes that he can assist the Melgar family in reaching some semblance of closure for this tragic situation.”
While no official government statements have been released regarding the details of the case, a report from the Daily Beast claims Melgar learned that the SEALs in question were stealing money from the fund that is used to pay informants for intelligence. The SEALs attempted to bring Melgar into the scheme but he refused. Shortly after, he was found dead.
The SEALs immediately came under suspicion of murder when they claimed that Melgar was drunk and doing combatives the night he died. The autopsy showed no drugs or alcohol were in Melgar’s system, and other reports indicate that Melgar didn’t drink alcohol ever. The report didn’t specify what roles the Marine Raiders played.