LUDOWICI, Ga. (AP) — A prosecutor says he will seek the death penalty against three Georgia-based soldiers accused of killing two people to protect an anti-government militia.
District Attorney Tom Durden announced in Long County Superior Court on Thursday that he will seek the death penalty for Army Pvt. Isaac Aguigui, Sgt. Anthony Peden and Pvt. Christopher Salmon.
The three Fort Stewart soldiers face arraignment Thursday on charges of malice murder, felony murder and criminal gang activity in the Dec. 4 slayings of former soldier Michael Roark and his girlfriend, 17-year-old Tiffany York. The two were found shot to death off a dirt road near the Army post.
Prosecutors say the accused men were part of a militia operating within the U.S. Army that was stockpiling weapons and wanted to overthrow the federal government.