Green Beret's hearing cancelled; murder trial hinging on USASOC assessment

Elizabeth Howe
March 11, 2019 - 12:29 pm
U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier with 1st Special Forces Group

Photo by Sgt. Ian Ives


The murder trial of Green Beret Maj. Mathew Golsteyn started back in 2011 — and it just hit another snag. 

The next hearing in the case, a preliminary hearing scheduled for next week, has been canceled according to a U.S. Army Special Operations Command announcement. USASOC's commanding general, Lt. Gen. Francis Beaudette, will assess all evidence and matters concerning the case to determine next steps. 

Golsteyn is facing murder charges after killing an alleged Taliban bomb maker in Afghanistan in Feb. 2010. The case originally came to light when Golsteyn disclosed this in a 2011 polygraph test — an Army Criminal Investigation Command investigation was launched in 2011. Golsteyn was charged by the U.S. military with premeditated murder in December 2018.  

He recently defended his actions and sharply criticized Army investigators for how they portrayed his case in a two-hour interview with The Washington Post. 

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He also made efforts to have the case dropped last month when it was discovered that one of the investigators on his case had been charged with stolen valor. 

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This past month marks nine years since the alleged murder — and it seems Golsteyn's trials are far from over.

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