Military judge airs concerns about Navy SEAL's murder case

Posted at 6:38 PM, Feb 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-12 18:38:42-05

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A military judge has asked the Navy to address claims that material was being leaked to the media in the case of a SEAL charged with murder in the 2017 death of an Iraqi war prisoner, saying it could impact the trial.

Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher is accused of fatally stabbing an Islamic State prisoner in Iraq in 2017

The judge also expressed concern that Gallagher is being mistreated in the brig.

Defense attorneys say he was not allowed to shower for days, denied a request to get his hair cut and has had his medical appointments cancelled.

Defense attorneys also accused the government of leaking to the media details about what witnesses might say.

The Navy says it is investigating.

The trial is set to begin Feb. 20.