A verdict has been reached in the trial of Eddie Gallagher, a decorated Navy SEAL team leader who was accused of fatally stabbing an ISIS prisoner while serving in Iraq. Prosecutors asserted that Gallagher killed the ISIS fighter while the prisoner was being treated by medics and that he posed next to the body for pictures.
Gallagher was accused of murdering an ISIS detainee while serving in Mosul in 2017. Navy prosecutors said he not only killed the ISIS fighter, but posed for a picture with the corpse and pressured other Navy SEALs into not reporting him.
In total, Gallagher faced seven charges, including premeditated murder, posing for a photo with a casualty, attempted murder of two noncombatants, willfully discharging a firearm to endanger human life, retaliation against other members of his platoon, and obstruction of justice.
The case took an unexpected turn when SEAL medic Special Operator First Class Corey Scott took the stand. During cross-examination, Scott claimed that he was responsible for the prisoner’s death. He said he held his thumb over the ISIS detainee’s trachea tube, causing the prisoner to suffocate.
During previous interviews, Scott had not admitted that he was responsible. During his testimony, Scott said that he had only come forward because he had been granted immunity, ensuring his testimony couldn’t lead to criminal charges.
On Tuesday, Gallagher was found not guilty on the charge of premeditated murder and all other charges except for one, according to a report by CNN. Gallagher was found guilty of posing with the corpse of the ISIS detainee for a photo.
Based on the single guilty verdict, Gallagher faces a maximum prison sentence of four months. However, he has already served 201 days behind bars.
Gallagher’s sentencing is scheduled to begin on Tuesday afternoon.