SEALs and Marines charged with murder of Green Beret Logan Melgar

Phil Briggs
November 15, 2018 - 5:13 pm

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Details about the death of Army, Green Beret Logan Melgar are coming out, and they are both tragic and unsettling.

According to the Daily Beast, the military has formally charged two Navy SEALs and two Marines in what is quickly becoming one of the darker chapters of US Special Operations History.

According to Navy charging documents entered on Wednesday, members of SEAL Team Six, Petty Officer Anthony E. DeDolph and Chief Petty Officer Adam C. Matthews, and two Marine [MARSOC> Raiders are facing charges including; felony murder, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, burglary, hazing, and involuntary manslaughter in the strangulation of Green Beret Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar.

The New York Times originally reported that the SEALS were under suspicion afer Melgar, assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group was killed in the African nation of Mali, in June 2017.

However, the Daily Beast has shared 12 pages of redacted documents which describe how that night came to a deadly end. According to the charges, the SEALs and Marines in question “drove to the Marine quarters” in Bamako, Mali “to obtain duct tape.”   They later “entered the bedroom of SSG Melgar by breaking through his locked door,” and then restrained him with duct tape and eventually “strangled SSG Melgar by placing him in a chokehold.”

Daily Beast sources also painted a picture of a six-man intelligence operation run like “a frat house.”  In a Daily Beast article published last year, their source claimed there was a disagreement between Melgar and DeDolph over the SEALs’ conduct. Melgar was not only unhappy that the SEALs were skimming cash from a fund to recruit informants, but also that members of SEAL Team Six were soliciting prostitutes and taking them back to a safe house in Bamako, Mali.  

Other reports by NBC News included details of how DeDolph and Matthews, along with the two Marine Raiders, allegedly confronted Melgar at the safe house just before dawn, put Melgar in a chokehold and then the attackers and Melgar fell onto the bed.

After trying CPR to resuscitate Melgar, and even opening a hole in his throat, he was taken to a nearby medical facility where Melgar was pronounced dead.

The charging documents also claim that the SEALs engaged in a cover-up including “providing a false timeline of events,” and leaving out any mention of duct tape in their statements. Documents also allege that they “disposed of the alcohol” they kept in their quarters. Some reports would surface later suggesting  Melgar was drunk and that the soldier's death was the result of wrestling. Melgar, who did not drink alcohol, had no alcohol in his system according to a toxicology report. 

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Navy Captain Jason Salata, director of communications for the U.S. Special Operations Command, told The Daily Beast, “We will not allow allegations or substantiated incidents of misconduct erode decades of honorable accomplishments by the members of U.S. Special Operations Command … Trust and accountability are the foundational requirements of all service members when conducting our nation’s most complex, sensitive, and high-risk operations. We hold ourselves and each other accountable on a daily basis because we know that lives are on the line.”

A preliminary hearing in military court is scheduled for December 10.