Marine charged in YouTube urination video could face special cou - WNCT

Marine charged in YouTube urination video could face special court-martial

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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -

A Marine charged with urinating on enemy bodies could face a special court-martial.

We talked to Sergeant Robert Richards' attorney, Guy Womack.
     
Richards is one of the Marine's in a viral video of Camp Lejeune Marines urinating on Taliban corpses.
     
Womack tells 9 On Your Side that the investigating officer presiding over Richards' hearing suggested the special court martial.
     
The video is from the unit's deployment to Afghanistan in July of 2011.

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All the evidence and testimony wrapped up today, in the Article 32 hearing for a Marine that urinated on Taliban corpses.

The hearing for Sergeant Robert Richards started Tuesday morning.

Investigating officer Christopher Greer heard all the evidence. He will write a report and give a recommended punishment. The earliest that report will come down is Friday.

After seeing the recommendation Lieutenant General Richard Mills will decide Richards' punishment.

Richards' lawyer said that the YouTube video that showed platoon members urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan was in poor taste, but not desecration.

"Killing them wasn't enough," Staff Sergeant Edward Deptola said. He said they did it because of everything the Taliban did to U.S. troops, everything terrorists did in the past.

The urination video was recorded in July 2011 in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.

Richards is facing several charges, including dereliction of duty and violating orders. Military prosecutors maintain he filmed himself and others urinating on the corpses.

Civilian defense lawyer Guy Womack says Richards and the rest of the nearly 20-member detachment were letting off steam and didn't desecrate the bodies by urinating on them because the bodies weren't mutilated.

Two other Marines have pleaded guilty and have already been sentenced in the case.

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