By Colleen Jenkins
FORT BRAGG, North Carolina | Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:28pm EDT
(Reuters) - A black soldier testified at a court-martial on Wednesday that he endured racial slurs from the same U.S. Army sergeant whose hazing, according to military officials, led a Chinese-American soldier to commit suicide.
Private Marcus Merritt said he also considered killing himself to escape the verbal abuse of Sergeant Adam Holcomb, who Merritt said called him "niglet" and threatened to send him home from Afghanistan in a body bag.
"He was in my face constantly," Merritt said on the second day of Holcomb's military trial in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Holcomb, 30, is accused of hazing both Merritt and Private Danny Chen, a 19-year-old born in New York City to Chinese immigrant parents.