Before the evidence was released, Gallagher maintained that the fighter succumbed to combat wounds obtained earlier. His attorney, Phillip Stackhouse, even said, “What we’ve learned in our independent investigation into these allegations is that a crime simply didn’t happen.” However, evidence released this week included several videos, some of which were obtained from helmet cameras worn by the ISIS fighter and Navy SEALs. Video was also released of Gallagher’s re-enlistment ceremony, which reportedly corroborated witness testimony. Text messages were also obtained from several of the SEALs’ phones, one of which allegedly revealed a message from Gallagher boasting, “I got him with my hunting knife,” reportedly accompanied by a photo of himself with the dead ISIS fighter. Gallagher’s legal team and family refute these allegations. according to the Navy Times. His aggravated assault charges stem from incidents involving a male and female civilian during the same deployment in Mosul. From a sniper post in a tower near the Tigris River, Gallagher allegedly shot and wounded an elderly Iraqi citizen in June 2017, then shot and wounded a young girl in July 2017, according to claims by his teammates. Other SEALs in his unit told investigators that Gallagher’s rifle was “off” but reportedly “felt that he was targeting civilians,” according to the report. Gallager was arrested on Sept. 11 at the Camp Pendleton Intrepid Spirit Center where he was receiving treatment for head injuries incurred from his overseas combat duty. Authorities then detained him in the Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar in San Diego, where he has remained thus far.
Navy SEALs were administering medical aid to a wounded 15-year-old ISIS fighter when one SEAL allegedly stabbed the prisoner to death and then posed for photos next to the body.The rules of engagement matter. Full stop. https://t.co/VPyL0bQWtX — Jared Keller (@jaredbkeller) November 15, 2018
November 16, 2018