A Parris Island drill instructor who allegedly slapped a Muslim recruit before aforementioned recruit committed suicide is set to be arraigned on a slew of charges next week.
Gunnery Sergeant Joseph Felix is to be lined up for a general court-martial on the charges of cruelty and maltreatment, drunk and disorderly conduct, failure to obey a lawful general order and obstruction of justice.
The arraignment will be scheduled for April 26 at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and be open to the public, according to the training command release.
The legal proceedings a little over a year after the suicide of 20-year-old Raheel Siddiqui of the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, who plunged 40 feet to his death in an attempt to escape his DIs.
According to Marine Corps Times, Felix is no stranger to alleged actions against Muslim recruits- he reportedly made one recruit exercise in the shower and ordered him to sit in a clothes dryer, which he then turned on several times.
As with all arraignments, defendants are presumed innocence until proven guilty.
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