Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator Tony E. DeDolph and Marine Gunnery Sgt. Mario Madera-Rodriguez have been charged in the strangulation death of Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar. Both of their trials have been extended to July and September on the request of their defense attorneys. Both are being court-martialed after Melgar was killed during an alleged hazing incident while on deployment in Mali. The men are facing numerous charges including assault, felony murder, hazing, and obstruction of justice. If convicted, they could face life in prison without parole. Two others involved, Marine Staff Sgt. Kevin Maxwell Jr. and Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator Adam C. Matthews, both pleaded guilty to lesser sentences back in 2019 and have agreed to cooperate in the investigations.
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