NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A sailor pleaded guilty Monday to abducting and killing a Marine corporal he thought had been involved in a gang rape. The rape turned out to be a lie, but the truth surfaced too late.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Cooper Jackson, 23, pleaded guilty Monday to premeditated murder, kidnapping, impersonating a Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent and obstruction of justice in connection with the death of Cpl. Justin L. Huff, 23.
2. Says she was not charged...what a horrible thing to happen.
This is just too absurd. The sailor was more afraid of kidnapping than murder? What a FOOL...hey..I live in Norfolk, VA...sailors and marines are notorious for hating each other and with this new...divided country bush* has introduced it is probably MUCH worse!
3. But that would discourage reporting real rapes.
Edited on Mon Oct-23-06 05:56 PM by Kagemusha
...I know that's what some would say and think, so I'll just say it first and let readers be the judge of its validity. I don't wanna argue either side of it.
Edit: a) And people wonder why the Constitution insists on a fair trial before a jury of your peers based on evidence sworn to in a court of law with a right to counsel and cross-examination. b) This would work as a so-far-out-it-can't-be-real plotline for any number of TV shows, including NCIS. Probably not enough material for a movie though.
a 22-year-old hotel clerk on North Carolina's Outer Banks, who testified that she lied about being raped. She said she "might have" told Jackson that one of the Marines was named Huff or Huffman, and she said Jackson called her after Huff was killed. Elrod has not been charged.
And it looks like he decided killing the witness was worth the extra risk:
"Quite frankly, I was scared of the consequences of what would happen, of being caught, more so than I was of the consequences of taking his life."
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