For the death of a retired Green Beret working as a Lockheed Martin defense contractor, Marine Raiders, Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Draher and Gunnery Sgt. Joshua Negron, and Navy corpsman with 3rd Raider Battalion, Chief Petty Officer Eric Gilmet, face a general court-martial for charges related to the Green Beret’s death. According to the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, the charges are involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide, and obstructing justice and orders violations. The retired Green Beret was Army Special Forces master sergeant, Rick Anthony Rodriguez. Rodriguez had multiple combat deployments and served as an operations sergeant for operations Detachment Alpha Team 775. The event that resulted in Rodriguez’s death was a fight that occurred outside of a nightclub in Erbil, Iraq in the early morning of January 1st, 2019. Charges were referred in early December, and the arraignments are currently being scheduled for each of the defendants. Draher’s attorney, Phillip Stackhouse, believes the defendants are being “overcharged” for the circumstances. Negron and Gilmet have not responded to requests for comment.
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