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21-year-old trainee charged with murder of Fort Rucker soldier who died in shovel attack

A 21-year-old private at Fort Rucker has been charged with murder in the death of a fellow solider. (Leada Gore/

A 21-year-old private at Fort Rucker has been charged with murder in the death of a fellow soldier.

Private Brian Jones, a trainee attending an Army air traffic control operator course at Fort Rucker, has been in custody since the Jan. 10 killing of Pvt. Abdul Latifu, Army Times reported. Jones now faces a murder charge under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and will remain in custody until trial as the military justice system does not provide an opportunity for bail.

Latifu, 21, a Ghanaian-American from Bronx, New York. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment, 1st Aviation Brigade, as he trained as an Army Air Traffic Control Operator.

Army Times reported the alleged attack involved an Army-issued entrenching tool – a small steel folding shovel – in the assault.

A trial date has not been set.


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