3 Georgia Soldiers Face Death Penalty in Murder, Terrorism Case


Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for three Fort Stewart, Georgia, soldiers accused of a double homicide and plotting to commit terrorist acts, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Pvt. Isaac Aguigui, Pvt. Christopher Salmon and Sgt. Anthony Peden are charged with executing a former soldier, Michael Roark, 19, and his 17-year-old girlfriend, Tiffany York, in an attempt to cover up their plans to overthrow the government and assassinate the president.

The victims’ boies were discovered Dec. 6 along a rural road about 15 miles from Fort Stewart. On Monday, a fourth defendant, Pfc. Michael Burnett, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in exchange for testifying against the other soldiers. According to the Associated Press, he told the judge that the soldiers lured Roark and York to the woods with an invitation to do some target practice. The soldiers were arrested about a week later. Also to stand trial in the slayings is Heather Salmon, Christopher Salmon's wife, who has been charged with murders but will not face the death penalty.

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