A decorated former Green Beret who has been charged in the death of a suspected Taliban bomber wants the charges dropped, because an investigator in the case is reportedly facing charges of “stolen valor.”
In a memo his lawyer, Phil Stackhouse, filed Wednesday with the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), Maj. Matt Golsteyn demanded his murder case go straight to trial or that the charges be dismissed, waiving his right to a preliminary hearing in military court.
Stackhouse said on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” Thursday night that an anonymous tip lead them to investigate Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Delacruz, a criminal investigation command agent assigned to Golsteyn’s case.
He said that Delacruz “was wearing awards … doing it for personal gain.”
Stackhouse is claiming that Delacruz has been charged with four specifications of “intent to deceive” — that is, earning a Purple Heart and falsely wearing a Combat Action Badge and other awards.
Stackhouse said that his alleged deception made his actions suspicious. “You have to give pause” about his believability and integrity.