Fragging hearing postponed
A military judge has postponed a scheduled pretrial hearing in the Esposito fragging case. <P> Fort Bragg Public Affairs gave no reason for pushing back the April 17 hearing, but it seems likely that the delay is because the prosecution has decided to appeal a court decision that prevents them from using potentially incriminating statements made by the accused to officers who arrested him. <P> The hearing will now be held May 15. <P> A quick refresher for those who haven’t been following the case: Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez of Troy has been accused in the killing of Army Capt. Phillip Esposito of Suffern and 1st Lt. Louis Allen of Milford, Pa, in Tikrit, Iraq, in June 2005. The trial is taking place at Fort Bragg. <P> The families of the victims aren’t happy with the delay. After all it has been nearly three years since the killings took place. A murder trial in the civilian world would be brought to trial, at the most, within a year. Already several delays have dogged the case; this is just the latest. The final court-martial was scheduled for July 7, but that too will likely be postponed.