Medic testifies that he, not Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, was accountable for ISIS fighter’s death – Fox News
A medic testifying in the trial of Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher– who is accused of eliminating an injured ISIS detainee of war in Iraq– shocked trial observers when he affirmed Thursday that he, not Gallagher, was accountable for the Islamic militant’s death.
Unique Operator 1st Class Corey Scott, a SEAL Group Seven medic, exposed throughout cross-examination in the courtroom at Naval Base San Diego that he killed the fighter by asphyxiation. Scott affirmed that he saw Gallagher stab the fighter, but then he himself held his thumb over a breathing tube that had been inserted into the militant’s mouth.
” Did Chief Gallagher eliminate this terrorist?” Gallagher’s lawyer Timothy Parlatore then asked Scott.
” No,” Scott replied.
The court recessed quickly after the spectacular statement from Scott, a prosecution witness who had been approved immunity. Fox News Correspondent Jonathan Hunt said he was in the corridor and spotted Gallagher and his spouse Andrea hugging and chuckling together, seeming relieved– even celebratory– after hearing what Scott had said.
” Why did you eliminate him?” Parlatore asked Scott during one point of the cross-examination.
” Due to the fact that I understood he was going to die anyhow,” Scott responded to. “I wanted to conserve him from what was going to take place next to him.”
Gallagher, 40, formerly pleaded innocent to premeditated murder and aggravated assault charges stemming from the alleged killing and other alleged instances of firing sniper rounds at civilians in Iraq in 2017.
Throughout his 19 years of service, Gallagher made the Bronze Star with V for Valor two times, a Meritorious Unit commendation, and a trio of Navy and Marine Corps Accomplishment medals, among other recognitions and decors.
( Courtesy Sean Gallagher)
Scott also told the defense counsel that during his time serving overseas, he had actually witnessed the Iraqi Emergency situation Action Department “abuse, rape and murder detainees.”
” Is this why you asphyxiated him?” Parlatore asked. “Yes,” Scott replied.
In other courtroom testament that appeared right out of a Hollywood film, the Navy prosecutor opposite Parlatore raised his voice at Scott, charging that just now he was providing this testament due to the fact that he had immunity and he wished to keep Gallagher out of jail. He implicated Scott of never discussing his role in the death during prosecution interviews that occurred ahead of the trial.
” You never said that you covered television, did you?” asked Lt. Brian John, the prosecutor.
” You stated he preserved crucial indications up until he stopped breathing,” he continued, checking out off an interview transcript, implicating Scott of changing his story “just now, after you’ve been given testimonial resistance.”
” You can lie about the reality that you killed the ISIS detainee since you do not desire Chief Gallagher to go to jail,” Lt. John continued.
” I don’t desire him to go to prison,” Scott shot back.
Edward Gallagher was tough on his guys, numerous people close to him say. His bro, Sean, states there were a “few malcontents of people” alongside Edward overseas “that didn’t like being reprimanded for not desiring to engage in fight.”.
( Courtesy Sean Gallagher)
The courtroom drama continued to unfold as Parlatore– a high, imposing Navy veteran– stood dealing with the navy district attorney seated inches from him, accusing prosecutors of stopping short of ever asking Scott what the cause of death was. The reason, Parlatore charged, was because they had one objective: the prosecution of Gallagher.
Gallagher was undergoing a medical screening at Camp Pendleton and was in the procedure of transitioning to a non-combat advisory role for the Navy SEALs when he was collared in September 2018, his sibling Sean has actually stated. Gallagher had actually prepared to retire in the spring.
Throughout his 19 years of service, Gallagher made the Bronze Star with V for Valor twice, a Meritorious System commendation and a trio of Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals, amongst other recognitions and designs.
He fought in Iraq and Afghanistan a number of times, reaching the status of what Sean Gallagher referred to as a “modern-day war hero.”
It was during Gallagher’s last fight deployment, in 2017, that he was declared to have actually devoted war criminal offenses. The Naval Bad guy Investigative Service released an investigation into Gallagher in April 2018.
Investigators formerly have actually declared that, while a teen ISIS fighter was getting medical treatment from SEAL medics, Gallagher walked up and stabbed him in his neck and side with a knife, killing the terrorist. Then, they said, he positioned for photos with the fighter’s body, holding his head in one hand and his blade in the other.
Fox News’ Jonathan Hunt added to this report.