2 US Navy SEALs Suspected of Killing an Army Green Beret Could Face the Death Penalty


Adjunct Professor Lawrence Brennan was quoted in Business Insider about the homicide investigation of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar.

The two US Navy SEALs who authorities suspect killed US Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar in a diplomatic compound in Bamako, Mali, may face the death penalty if convicted, a legal expert told Business Insider.

Lawrence Brennan, a former US Navy captain who’s an expert on naval law, told Business Insider that although the Navy had not executed a sailor in more than 150 years, this case was extraordinary.

“If the reported facts were established, the murder of Staff Sgt. Melgar would be among the most aggravating factors and could justify referral to courts-martial as capital cases,” Brennan told Business Insider.

According to the law, “the death penalty is available in cases of pre-meditated murder, as appears possible in this case,” Brennan said.

Brennan said the SEALs could stand before the military equivalent of a grand jury, where capital punishment would be on the table.

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