The judge in the murder trial for Navy SEAL Chief Edward Gallagher has postponed his court-martial for three months at the request of his defense attorneys, a Navy official said Wednesday.
The trial, originally scheduled to begin Feb. 19, will now kick off on May 28, according to Navy spokesman Brian O’Rourke.
Gallagher, who has been accused of stabbing a wounded ISIS fighter to death as others rendered medical aid during the 2017 Battle of Mosul, has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include allegations he tried to obstruct justice and intimidate other SEALs from testifying against him.
Philip Stackhouse, Gallagher’s civilian attorney, said the delay was necessary to evaluate the more than 1,000 pages of discovery and hundreds of pages of transcripts from other witnesses in the case that he received on Tuesday. Stackhouse also said the judge granted a request to have an Iraqi general in command of the Emergency Response Division testify in the case, which would require coordination with the State Department.