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Two US Navy SEALs and two Marines have been charged in the 2017 strangulation death of an Army Green Beret while they were stationed in the African country of Mali.
Staff Sgt Logan Melgar, 34, died from asphyxiation on June 4 after two members of SEAL Team Six allegedly broke into his room while he was sleeping, bound him with duct tape and 'choked him out', according to charging documents.
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Melgar was pronounced dead at a French clinic in Bamako, Mali, where the SEALs told investigators he'd been involved in a drunken accident during combat training - though an autopsy revealed he had no drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of his death.
The names were redacted on charging documents released Thursday, but a 2017 Army Criminal Investigation Command report identified the SEALs involved in the incident as Petty Officer Antony DeDolph and Chief Petty Officer Adam Cranston Matthews.
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The Navy said in a statement that the service members face charges that include murder, hazing and obstruction of justice.
The service members are also accused of lying to Navy commanders and investigators about what happened.
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A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 10 at a base in Norfolk.
US Special Operations Command spokesman Navy Capt Jason Salata told USNI News on Thursday: 'If these allegations of misconduct are substantiated, they represent a violation of the trust and standards required of all service members.
Trust - Service - Members - Nation - Interests
'We trust our service members to safeguard our nation’s most sensitive interests and to do so with honor.'
Sources close to the investigation told The Daily Beast that shortly before his death Melgar told his wife, Michelle, that he had a bad feeling about the two SEAL team six members on the operation with him.
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