The news is out: [A fellow soldier is scheduled to be formally charged in connection with the sexual assault of Asia Graham, the 19-year-old from North Carolina who was found dead at Fort Bliss, military investigators said Friday.
The soldier, a private first class whose name has not been released, was notified late Friday that the soldier will be arraigned and formally charged before a military judge sometime over the next week, Fort Bliss spokeswoman Lt. Col. Allie Payne told The Charlotte Observer on Saturday.
At the public arraignment, the judge also will schedule a date for a military trial, also referred to by the military as a court martial, Payne said.
On Friday, Maj. Gen. Sean Bernabe, commander of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, “personally ordered” the charge be referred to trial, according to a Fort Bliss news release.
Graham notified military officials on June 1 that she’d been sexually assaulted, launching a months-long military investigation, Payne said. Investigators in October found probable cause that a fellow soldier sexually assaulted Graham. On Dec. 1, a top commander concurred with the findings, Payne said.
Graham, also a private first class, reported being sexually assaulted before she was found dead in her barracks on New Year’s Eve, McClatchy News previously reported, citing family members and Army officials.]
The country is fine; the people are fucked up.