November 09, 2012 14:00 ET
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2012) - Major Darryl Watts will face a General Court Martial commencing November 13, 2012, in relation to the death of Corporal Joshua Baker and the injury of four other soldiers on a training range in Afghanistan in February 2010.
Major Watts, who at the time held the rank of Captain and was the Platoon Commander, is charged with the following:
It is alleged that range safety procedures were violated in relation to the planning and execution of activities on the range that day.
As the matter is before a service tribunal, it is inappropriate to comment further about the circumstances surrounding the case; however, the hearing is open to the media and the public.
A General Court Martial is composed of a military judge and a panel of five members.
At a court martial on September 13, 2012, Captain (then Major) Lunney pleaded guilty to negligent performance of a military duty in relation to the same incident. He was sentenced to a reduction in rank to Captain and a severe reprimand. At the time of the incident, Captain Lunney held the substantive rank of Major and was the Officer Commanding Stabilization Company A, a sub-unit of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
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Information: 1-866-377-0811 / (613) 996-2353www.forces.gc.ca
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