A San Diego judge dropped two charges against a Navy SEAL who stands accused of murdering an imprisoned teenage ISIS fighter and then posing with the corpse.
Edward Gallagher, a special operations chief, will no longer faces charges for operating a drone over the corpse and for holding his battlefield re-enlistment ceremony next to the body, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
A lawyer for the decorated fighter called the charges “character-smearing accusations.”
“There has to be a limit on what kind of accusations can be brought against our warriors fighting ISIS in a combat zone,” Colby Vokey told the Union-Tribune in an email.
Last month, Gallagher, 39, pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder after he allegedly stabbed a teenage ISIS prisoner in the neck and body in May 2017, after the fighter was turned over to the SEALS to be treated for wounds he sustained during an air strike.