A Marine Corps private first class has been accused of murder and obstructing justice in the death of a fellow Marine who grew up in Janesville, according to an email from Capt. Joshua Pena of the Marine Training Command in Quantico, Virginia.
An Article 32 hearing has been scheduled for March 5 at Camp Pendleton, California, in the accused Marine’s case, according to the email.
An Article 32 hearing is held to determine if there is probable cause to believe an offense has been committed and if the accused committed the offense, according to the Legal Information Institute.
Marine authorities previously reported Pfc. Ethan Barclay-Weberpal died at Camp Pendleton on Jan. 16. They have not released details of what happened or the identity of the accused Marine.
Barclay-Weberpal’s father has said his son was stabbed by another Marine.
At an Article 32 hearing, an investigating officer presents evidence, and a defense attorney can cross-examine witnesses.
As in civilian courts, the accused is presumed innocent until proved guilty.
After the hearing, Brig. Gen. Jason Bohm, commanding general of the U.S. Marine Corps Training Command, will decide whether to refer the charges against the Marine, according to a Mercury News article that quotes Pena.
Barclay-Weberpal joined the Marines in July and completed basic training. He was in infantry training at Camp Pendleton at the time of his death. He was buried with full military honors in Janesville.