Navy prosecutors are nonetheless pursuing homicide charges towards Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher even after bombshell testimony Thursday by a Navy colleague who confessed that he was the one to kill the teenage Islamic State fighter.
Special Operator 1st Class Corey Scott, a SEAL Team Seven medic, testifying for the prosecution under an immunity agreement, advised the court that he held his “thumb over his TT tube till he gave up respiration,” admitting that he asphyxiated the captive, regardless of saying that he noticed Gallagher stab the boy in his neck.
When cross-examined by the protection, Scott stated he killed the fighter as a result of he knew “he was going to die in any case.”
“I needed to save him from what was going to occur to him next,” Scott said, referring to alleged torture by Iraqi captors.
Gallagher served nine months in jail awaiting trial within the deadly stabbing of the 15-year old ISIS fighter in Iraq in 2017. He has additionally been accused of shooting two civilians in the same year, and opening fire on crowds, all claims he has vociferously denied
Gallagher’s attorney Tim Parlatore, stated at an information convention he’s “anticipating a not-responsible verdict” after Scott’s testimony.
Prosecutors are treating Scott as a hostile witness, saying that he didn’t disclose that he was the one to asphyxiate the ISIS fighter in his pre-trial interviews and is merely doing so now as a result of he has an immunity deal and does not wish to see his colleague go to jail.
Gallagher, a decorated naval officer with 19 years of service who earned a Bronze Star with V for Valor twice, a Meritorious Unit Commendation and a trio of Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals, was joined by his spouse and two children outside the courtroom Thursday.