A US Marine has been charged with murder after he allegedly stabbed a fellow Marine to death while playing around with a knife.
Private First Class Raymond W. Begay was arraigned last week on murder and manslaughter charges relating to the January 16 death of Ethan Barclay-Weberpal.
In late March, Begay appeared before an Article 32 hearing, similar to a grand jury in civilian courts. During this event, defense attorney Major Nelson Candelario argued that the death was one of negligence -the unfortunate byproduct of horseplay- rather than malice.
Since a Marine can be found guilty of manslaughter if he or she slays another in an act of wanton negligence, the situation does not appear to look good for Begay.
The stabbing incident took place at Camp Pendleton’s School of Infantry (SOI), specifically under the command of the school’s Lima Company, Headquarters and Services Battalion.
While Camp Pendleton is in California, the unit in question falls under the Virginia-based Marine Corps Training Command (TECOM). Despite this, the homicide case will take place at Camp Pendleton.
According to the San Diego Union Tribune, the knifeplay mishap isn’t the only problem TECOM has had at Pendleton- three other Marines at Camp Pendleton’s School of Infantry were arraigned over the past two weeks on criminal conspiracy, drug possession, and other charges.
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