Decorated soldier charged after he admits murdering a captive man in Fox News interview
Major Matthew Golsteyn killed a captive Afghan man during his deployment to Afghanistan in 2010 and claimed that he was a Taliban bomb maker
A decorated United States Army Green Beret was charged with murder after he confessed to killing an Aghan man during a Fox News interview, according to reports.
Shortly after Major Matthew Golsteyn's confession, the US Army Special Operations Command spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Loren Bymer, in a statement said: "Major Matthew Golsteyn's immediate commander has determined that sufficient evidence exists to warrant the preferral of charges against him." Golsteyn has been charged with first-degree murder, which carries the death penalty.
“Major Golsteyn is being charged with the murder of an Afghan male during his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan,” Bymer added in the statement, according to Newsweek.
The U.S. Army has charged a decorated Green Beret with premeditated murder for killing a man in Afghanistan nearly a decade ago, according to military legal documents obtained by @NBCNews. https://t.co/fWudavoUck— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 14, 2018
Major Golsteyn's lawyer, Phil Stackhouse, while talking to media outlets, said that he would defend his client from the charges "relentlessly." Stackhouse said: "Major Golsteyn is a humble servant-leader who saved countless lives, both American and Afghan, and has been recognized repeatedly for his valorous actions."
Reports state that Golsteyn killed a man during his deployment to Afghanistan in 2010, claiming that he was a Taliban bomb maker. Golsteyn, for his service, was awarded a Silver Star in 2011, the country's second-highest decoration for valor.
The former serviceman, however, admitted to the murder in a 2010 interview for a job with the CIA. Golsteyn, during a polygraph test, said that he had taken an Afghan man, whom he suspected to be a Taliban bomb maker, from a US base and then shot him and buried his body.
President Trump tweets that he will be reviewing the case of a former U.S. Army Green Beret who has been charged with the murder of a suspected Taliban bomb maker, suggesting that the president may be considering granting a pardon https://t.co/8Fmut4Sy5X pic.twitter.com/UTggHGtIx3— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 17, 2018
An investigation into the killing was launched by the Army Criminal Investigation Command in 2011, which resulted in Golsteyn being stripped of his Special Forces tab and decorations in 2014. However, no criminal charges were filed against him because of lack of evidence.
Subsequently, he discussed the murder during an interview on Fox News in 2016. While talking to anchor Chris Baier during a special report, he said that he killed the captive Afghan man because he was concerned that if he was freed he would provide Taliban with inside information.
The interview resulted in re-opening of the investigation into the killing.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump on Monday tweeted that he will be reviewing Golsteyn's case, suggesting that he may consider granting him a pardon.
At the request of many, I will be reviewing the case of a “U.S. Military hero,” Major Matt Golsteyn, who is charged with murder. He could face the death penalty from our own government after he admitted to killing a Terrorist bomb maker while overseas. @PeteHegseth @FoxNews— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2018