Trial dates for 2020 have been set for the Navy SEAL and Marine Raider who were charged in the strangulation murder of a Green Beret staff sergeant while on deployment in Africa. If convicted for the death of Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar from June 2017, both Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator Tony E DeDolph and Marine Gunnery Sgt. Mario Madera-Rodriguez could face life in prison. According to court records of his arraignment, Madera-Rodrigues was charged of conspiracy to assault and battery, burglary, obstruction of justice, involuntary manslaughter, as well as hazing order violations and making a false official statement. DeDolph’s arraignment was scheduled for January, and his trial is schedule from March 23 to April 3 in Norfolk, Virgina; Madera-Rodriguez’s scheduled for April 20 to May 1.
For these two, consequences of a guilty verdict for felony murder include life in federal prison without parole, denial of all pay and allowances, reduction to E-1 and either a bad conduct or dishonorable discharge. Earlier in 2019, the other co-defendants, Navy SEAL Adm C. Matthews and Marine Staff Sgt. Kevin Maxwell, pleaded guilty to lesser chargers. First to plea and to lay out unconfirmed details of the Green Beret’s death, Matthews received a year of confinement and a bad conduct discharge. For hazing violations and making false official statements, Maxwell was sentenced to four years in military prison for negligent homicide.