Published: Jun 16, 2010 8:33 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 16, 2010 4:56 PM EDT

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash.- Charges were preferred Tuesday evening against three additional Soldiers who are accused in the deaths of three Afghan civilians between Jan. and May 2010. A fourth Soldier, Spc. Jeremy Morlock, was charged on June 4 with three specifications of pre-meditated murder and one specification of assault and is currently in pre-trial confinement at JBLM. A fifth Soldier, Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs was charged in Kuwait on June 8 and is expected to arrive at JBLM within days.

All five Soldiers are assigned to B Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. The Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan in July 2009 with their unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.


Charges against Pvt. 1st Class Andrew Holmes, Specialist Michael Wagnon and Specialist Adam Winfield, include one specification of murder under Uniform Code of Military Justice, Article 118 - Premeditated Murder. Each Soldier is suspected in separate incidences. Holmes, Wagnon and Winfield returned to JBLM on June 14, and were placed in pre-trial confinement.


Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs was charged in Kuwait with three specifications of murder under Uniform Code of Military Justice, Article 118 - Premeditated Murder, and one specification of assault under Uniform Code of Military Justice, Article 128, Assault.  Jurisdiction of their cases passed to JBLM upon their redeployment.


Joint Base Lewis-McChord officials emphasize that the charges constitute an accusation and that the accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty.


Gibbs, 25, from Billings, Mont., is an Infantryman. He entered the military in May 2002. After initial entry training and advanced individual training at Ft. Benning, Ga., his first assignment was Hawaii followed by an assignment to Ft. Drum, N.Y., before being stationed at JBLM in Jan. 2008. This was his third deployment. Gibbs previously deployed to Iraq from Jan. 2004 to Jan. 2005 and to Afghanistan from Jan. 2006 to May 2007.
Holmes, 19, from Boise, Idaho is an Infantryman. He entered the military in Sept. 2008. After initial entry training, advanced individual training and Airborne School at Ft. Benning, Ga., he reported to JBLM in April 2009. This was his first deployment.

Wagnon, 29, from Las Vegas, Nev. is an Infantryman. He entered the military in Feb. 2003. After initial entry training and advanced individual training at Ft. Benning, Ga., his first assignment was in Germany. He reported to JBLM in April 2008. This was his third deployment. Wagnon previously deployed to Iraq from Feb 2004 to Feb 2005 and from August 2006 to November 2007.


Winfield, 21, from Cape Coral, Fla. is an Infantryman. He entered the military in July 2006. After initial entry training and advanced individual training at Ft. Benning, Ga., he reported to JBLM in April 2007. This was his only deployment.

U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command officials are continuing their investigation into the allegations.