Navy SEAL and Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher is currently being accused of the murder. But someone else just confessed to the crime, and the prosecution won’t drop the charges.
In a war crimes trial for Gallagher on Thursday, prosecution witness Special Operator 1st Class Corey Scott admitted that he was, in fact, the person responsible for the murder.
According to Scott, although Gallagher had stabbed the militant teen in the neck, that was not what killed him. Scott claims he killed him.
Apparently, the boy had been forced to join ISIS by his father at a young age. And now that he had been captured, he would be tortured and most certainly put to death by Iraqi forces.
Therefore, in an effort to save the boy from such an ending, he decided to place one his hand over the teen’s tracheal tube, cutting off his air supply and suffocating him.
Scott told the court, “I wanted to save him from waking to what had happened next.”
Andrea Gallagher, the defendant’s wife, says “We’ve been patiently waiting for the truth to come out and we’ve heard from a lot of people who are intent and have colluded for over two years to take down my husband, so to hear today that someone finally had the bravery to stand up for the truth was refreshing after all these years.”
At this point, the prosecution had a decision to make.
They could consider this new evidence and take what they could, or they could continue with the murder charges against Gallagher.
Former Marine Judge Advocate General Gary Solis said Thursday in an interview that the prosecution was acting foolishly if they chose to move forward with their plans and didn’t drop the murder charges.
He said, “They would have to impugn their own witness,” and added, “That’s not a good idea. If you’re a prosecutor, and you start to impugn your own witness, that sends the message to the jury that you don’t know what you’re doing.”
He went on to say, “They’re not going to want to do that, I don’t think. I don’t think they would be that foolish.”
But that is precisely what they are going to do.
Scott’s testimony was a shock to many, including the prosecution, if they are to be believed. According to them, Scott gave them a different story when they had spoken to him before. Therefore, they claim he must be lying now about his story.
They stand with their plan and refuse to drop the murder charges against Gallagher.
A Navy spokesman for the prosecution stated in a comment on Thursday, “the credibility of a witness is for the jury to decide.”
They are obviously hoping that others will see his change in story as a blatant lie and disregard it.
However, not everyone is convinced the jury will see it that way.
In fact, Gallagher’s lawyer, Timothy Parlatore, says that he expects to see a “not guilty” verdict come from the trial rather soon as a result of this new change of pace.