Image courtesy Friends of Morganne McBeth

Stepmother of Slain Female Soldier Asks Court to Show Leniency


John Lasker
March 25, 2012


Spc. Nicholas Bailey, the second and final suspect charged in the 2010 stabbing death of Army paramedic Morganne McBeth, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter March 9 and later that day was sentenced to nine months in military prison and given a bad-conduct discharge.

Bailey, in a court-martial proceeding at Fort Bragg, N.C., admitted his guilt “as part of a plea deal,” a website of News 14 Carolina reported. He had faced a more severe charge of negligent homicide.

McBeth, a popular 19-year-old from Virginia, was in a tent on a military base in Iraq with Bailey and Spc. Tyler Cain when she was stabbed near the heart.

The case was detailed in a Truthdig article posted last Sept. 20. In that article, McBeth family members described the slain paratrooper as a vivacious young woman who loved to leap from military airplanes and who, as a display of patriotism, occasionally decorated her hair with strands of red, white and blue. They strongly criticized the way the Army investigated and prosecuted the case.

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Three Bragg Soldiers Indicted in Two Deaths


The Army Times
An Associated Press Report
August 27, 2009

A North Carolina grand jury has indicted three Fort Bragg soldiers who police had previously charged with killing two female soldiers in separate attacks last year.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Thursday that the first-degree murder indictments were issued after the grand jury heard testimony from Fayetteville police detectives who investigated the slayings.

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