A jury found Navy SEAL Edward “Eddie” Gallagher not guilty Tuesday on virtually all charges he was dealing with, together with homicide and attempted murder, in the killing of a 15 year old Islamic State(ISIS) member in Iraq.
Gallagher was accused of stabbing to death a 15-year-old ISIS fighter in 2017 and posing with the corpse for photographs.
As he awaited the fees to be read, Gallagher, 40, bounced lightly on his feet, appearing nervous, but dissolved into joyful tears as soon as the decision got here through, tightly embracing his spouse, Andrea, who has publicly championed him all through the case as they each cried. Additionally seated in the gallery were Gallagher’s attorneys, brother, and parents, all of whom he hugged.
“I am happy, and I am thankful,” Gallagher told reporters after the decision as he joked with his authorized staff that “it’s Independence Day,” his freedom coming days before the July 4th holiday.
“Suffice to say, huge victory, a huge weight off the Gallaghers, an enormous victory for justice,” Gallagher’s lawyer Marc Mukasey stated adding that his client cried “tears of joy, emotion, freedom, absolute euphoria and proud of the process.”
“I was feeling like we’re finally vindicated after being terrorized by the government that my husband fought for 20 years,” Andrea Gallagher mentioned. She also stated she intends to “continue to fight for the war heroes of this nation” and hopes to see Naval Special Warfare Group 1 Commodore Capt. Matthew D. Rosenbloom resigns, amongst other issues.
He faced seven criminal charges in all. Six of probably the most critical expenses included premeditated homicide, willfully discharging a firearm to hazard human life, retaliation in opposition to members of his platoon for reporting his alleged actions, obstruction of justice and the tried murders of two noncombatants. On all of these costs, the jury in San Diego discovered him not responsible.