The jury's deliberations began Monday in the process against the decorated Navy SEAL Edward "Eddie" Gallagher, as the military prosecutors proved with his words and deeds that he had assassinated a member of the Islamic state terrorist network in May 2017 while defending The prosecutor's case had "huge gaping holes".
Gallagher, 40, was accused of stabbing a teenage boy who was a member of ISIS in Iraq. He is said to have also posed with the inmate of the prisoner for photos and shot civilians.
The trial in San Diego has attracted national attention as Gallagher's defense was defended by his family and some congressional Republicans who claimed he was a hero who was convicted. President Trump even intervened to remove Gallagher from the brig as he waited for the trial, and consider pardoning him.
Gallagher's defense lawyer argued that his client was the subject of a "fixation" by military prosecutors. "They started with a conclusion … [and] … that ignored everything that did not fit," Timothy Parlatore told the jury of five marines and two sailors during his final argument.
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In summary, Cmdr. Jeff Pietrzyk argued that Gallagher's own words and actions, as well as the testimony of his comrades, proved his guilt.
"The government's proof in this case are the words of Chief Gallagher, the images of Chief Gallagher, the SEALs of Chief Gallagher," said Pietrzyk.
The prosecutor dismissed the testimony of Special Envoy Corey Scott, who testified that Gallagher stabbed the prisoner, but stunned the court when he said he was the one who eventually killed the prisoner by taking his breathing tube with him clogged the thumb as an act of mercy.
"He [Corey Scott] changed his account to support Chef Gallagher," Pietrzyk said. "He had his" I'm Spartacus "moment because he thought he was helping Chief Gallagher."
Parlatore claimed that the investigators had never asked Scott about the inmate's cause of death, so they were surprised by his testimony.
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"After receiving [Scott] immunity, he told them," said the defender. "… Nobody would have expected it if he had not asked the right question the first time … They focused exclusively on Eddie Gallagher … they did not even listen to their own witness."
It turned out that almost all the members of the platoon readily took pictures with the dead prisoner and watched as Gallagher in a spontaneous ceremony took his oath to read it again near the body.
"That's something you do when you make it," Pietrzyk said. "… he [Gallagher] was proud of what he had just done."
Almost a dozen SEALs said over two weeks. Most have been granted immunity to protect them from being prosecuted for offending activities.
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Parlatore accused this witness of plundering against Gallagher to accuse him of murder and dismissed Special Warfare operator chief Craig Miller, who was the first to testify that he had seen it. Gallagher stabbed the inmate as "King of this mutiny".
An Iraqi general who gave the wounded prisoner to the SEALs testified that Gallagher had not stabbed the boy. And Marine Staff Sgt. Giorgio Kirylo said after the militant died, he moved the body to take a photo titled "Cool Guy Trophy," and he did not see stab wounds on his neck.
The prosecutor said he would not try to sympathize with the juvenile prisoner who had been wounded in an air raid.
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"Before the air raid, he would have done everything in his power to kill an American," Pietrzyk said before the prisoner was added He was not a legitimate target when he was in detention for the SEALs.
"We are not ISIS, if we capture someone and he leaves the fight, that's it," Pietrzyk said. "Here the line is drawn."
Dan Gallo and Jonathan Hunt of Fox News in San Diego and The Associated Press have contributed to this report.