- The Washington Times - Friday, June 17, 2005


An Army sergeant faces court-martial on murder charges in the deaths of two Army officers June 7 in Tikrit, Iraq, the U.S. military announced yesterday.

Staff Sgt. Alberto B. Martinez, 37, a supply specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 42nd Infantry Division (Mechanized), New York Army National Guard, has been charged in the deaths of Capt. Phillip T. Esposito and 1st Lt. Louis E. Allen.

The men were initially thought to have been killed by a mortar attack on the building they were in at Forward Operating Base Danger. Subsequent investigation of the blast site by explosive ordnance disposal personnel, however, suggested the blast was actually a grenade attack.

Capt. Esposito was Sgt. Martinez’ company commander and Lt. Allen was company operations officer.

Sgt. Martinez is being represented by an Army lawyer, and he may also hire a civilian lawyer to represent him, if paid for with private funds.

Sgt. Martinez is being held at a military confinement facility in Kuwait.

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