2 Navy SEALs, 2 Marines charged in Green Beret’s death

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Two Virginia Beach-based Navy SEALs and two Marines have been charged in connection to the 2017 death of a U.S. Army Green Beret, Navy officials say.

Officials with Navy Region Mid-Atlantic said Thursday the four face charges including murder, involuntary manslaughter, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, hazing and burglary in the death of Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar.

The charges come one week after the Naval Criminal Investigative Service handed over its investigation into whether members of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, commonly known as SEAL Team Six, killed Melgar. 

NBC News is identifying the SEALS as Petty Officer Antony DeDolph and CPO Adam Cranston Matthews. The Marines charged in the case are members of  the Raider Regiment special operations team based at Camp Lejeune. Their names have not been released.

Melgar was killed June 4, 2017 while serving in Bamako, Mali. Military officials told CNN in 2017 an examiner ruled Melgar’s death as a homicide.

Charge sheets show the four service members are accused of breaking into Melgar’s bedroom through his locked door, restraining him and binding him with duct tape, and placing him in a chokehold. The service member’s names are redacted in the charge sheets.

An Article 32 preliminary hearing for the four has been set for Dec. 10.

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