Two Marine Raiders facing murder charges in the death of an Army Green Beret played a much larger role in the death than had been previously revealed through media reports, according to official documents.
Military Times has verified the names of the two Marine Raiders facing felony murder and related charges in connection with the strangulation death of Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar at his residence in Bamako, Mali, on June 4, 2017.
Gunnery Sgt. Mario Madera-Rodriguez and Staff Sgt. Kevin Maxwell face an Article 32 hearing on Dec. 10 along with Navy SEALs Chief Petty Officer Adam Matthews and Petty Officer Anthony DeDolph.
In 2016, a then-Staff Sgt. Madera-Rodriguez, assigned to Marine Corps Special Operations Command, received the “American Hero Award,” specifically the John Archer Lejeune Award of Bravery for valor displayed during combat operations on Nov. 20, 2015, according to a 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force release at the time.