It’s a classic story about a young enlisted man rising through the ranks, earning his bars as a commissioned officer and then getting charged with murder. Well, the latter usually isn’t part of that tale.
But for Marine Corps 1st Lt. Curtis Lee Krueger, a communications officer with Combat Logistics Battalion 7 out of Twentynine Palms, California, that’s exactly what happened.
The 30-year-old Marine officer plead not guilty Wednesday to murdering 54-year-old Henry Stange, a local NBC News affiliate reported.
The investigation into the death of Stange, whose cause of death has been listed as homicidal violence, has been ongoing for the past six months after the Murrieta, California, man’s body was found in June, buried in a shallow grave in Joshua Tree National Park, NBC 4 reported.