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Marine accused of stabbing another Marine at Camp Pendleton to face murder charge

18-year-old Pfc. Ethan Barclay-Weberpal was stabbed to death at Camp Pendleton. (Facebook)

CAMP PENDLETON — An unidentified Marine held in connection with a fatal stabbing of a fellow Marine at the School of Infantry will face charges of murder and obstruction of justice at a court martial hearing scheduled for March 5 at the base.

The unidentified Marine, accused of stabbing 18-year-old Pfc. Ethan Barclay-Weberpal, has been held in jail at Camp Pendleton since the Jan. 16 incident.

Barclay-Weberpal was assigned to Lima Company, Headquarters and Services Battalion at SOI-West. He had enlisted in the Marine Corps in July and was awarded the National Defense Ribbon.

He was buried with full military honors in his hometown of Janesville, Wis., on Jan. 29.

The preliminary hearing will be held to provide recommendations on the charges to the convening authority, which in this case is Brig. Gen. Jason Bohm, commanding general of the U.S. Marine Corps Training Command.

Marine Corps Legal Services determined that the two charges, based on evidence provided from the ongoing investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, are appropriate for the highest-level court martial.

Evidence collected by the NCIS will be presented by military trial attorneys and evidence collected on behalf of the defendant will be presented by military defense attorneys, said Capt. Joshua Pena, of the Training Command in Quantico, Va.

In the Military Justice System, a preliminary hearing officer reviews the charges and makes recommendations as to whether they should remain as is, and on the same court martial level.

“Following the Article 32 hearing, Bohm will make a decision as to whether or not to refer the charges against the Marine, taking into account recommendations from the preliminary hearing officer,” Pena said. “No final decision has been made on these charges without the approval of the convening authority (Bohm).”

The identity of the Marine will not be revealed until the Article 32 hearing is held, Pena said.

On Jan. 16, first responders were called to Area 52 near the north end of the base at 7:45 a.m. after reports of an injured person. Barclay-Weberpal was found dead at the scene.


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