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Reaction to Fort Wayne native and decorated Navy SEAL found not guilty of murder

SAN DIEGO, CA. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Tuesday afternoon, a military jury found Fort Wayne native and Navy SEAL Chief, Eddie Gallagher, not guilty of murder. Gallagher was charged with murdering a wounded Islamic state prisoner in Iraq in 2017.

After a two week trial, a seven-man military jury reached the verdict. Gallagher was also charged with posing for a picture with a body and was found guilty of that crime.

After the not guilty verdict Gallagher, his wife, and his attorneys addressed the media.

“I’m happy and I’m thankful. I thank God, my legal team and my wife,” said Chief Eddie Gallagher.

A confession late last week by another Navy SEAL who said he was the one who killed an ISIS prisoner in Iraq, is what Gallagher’s attorney and his wife both predicted would be the turn in the case the decorate SEAL needed.

“Suffice to say, huge victory, huge weight off the Gallagher’s, huge victory for justice,” said Marc Mukasey, Gallagher’s attorney.

“I was feeling like we were finally vindicated after being terrorized by the government that my husband fought for two decades for the war on terror. He is a righteous and noble individual and his name has been smeared and slandered and dragged through the mud,” said Andrea Gallagher, the SEAL’s wife. “I think this vindication I hope will be a lesson learned to everybody that we need to uphold innocent until proven guilty, due process, and we need to afford benefit of the doubt to our war heroes who we send over there to fight these evils,” she continued.

Kaitlyn Kendall

Kaitlyn Kendall anchors ABC21 news at 5 and is the chief investigative reporter for the stations Digging Deeper team.

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