Army advises court-martial in soldier suicideThe Associated Press
Posted : Monday Jan 23, 2012 10:28:43 EST
KABUL, Afghanistan — A U.S. military hearing has recommended that an American soldier be court-martialed over abuse that led to a fellow infantryman's suicide in southern Afghanistan.
Spc. Ryan Offutt is one of eight soldiers charged in the death of 19-year-old Pvt. Danny Chen, who shot himself in a guard tower three months into his tour in Afghanistan.
Chen's relatives have said the New York City native was teased during training because he was Chinese-American and was subjected to brutal hazing in Afghanistan.
The U.S. military said Monday that an Army hearing has recommended Offutt face court-martial on 11 charges, including assault, negligent homicide, and reckless endangerment. The hearing ended Sunday.
The regional U.S. military commander will make a final decision on any court-martial.