SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Military prosecutors said on Friday they will not drop premeditated murder charges against a U.S. Navy SEAL charged with stabbing to death a teenaged ISIS terrorists in Iraq in 2017, despite testimony from another SEAL who claimed to have killed the prisoner.
Navy SEAL medic Corey Scott told the court on Thursday that he held his thumb over the victim’s breathing tube until he died, saying he did so to save the young militant from being tortured by Iraqi forces.
Scott said the young man’s original injuries – a leg wound and collapsed lung – were not life threatening but that he was breathing through the tube when Navy SEAL Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher stabbed him in the neck.
“The government will not be dropping premeditated murder charges against Chief Petty Officer Gallagher, despite petty officer Scott’s testimony,” the Navy said in a statement. “The credibility of a witness is for the jury to decide.”