Eight Fort Wainwright Soldiers Charged
Offutt and seven other soldiers charged with negligent homicide
Specialist Ryan Offutt is one of eight Fort Wainwright soldiers being charged in the death of 19-year old Private Danny Chen.
Chen was found dead in a guard tower, in Afghanistan, with an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound on October 3.
At a hearing, Sunday, at Kandahar Air Field, the investigative officer recommended Offutt, 32, be court marshaled on charges including maltreatment, assault, reckless endangerment and negligent homicide.
Army officials say Chen was essentially bullied to death.
According to Chen’s parents, it happened because of his race.
The hearing did not recommend Offutt face trial on a charge of manslaughter.
The seven other members of the First Striker Brigade Combat Team 25th Infantry Division, are scheduled to face similar hearings over the coming month.
Published reports say, Chen’s family is upset that Offutt will not face trial for Manslaughter charge.