COURT-MARTIAL AT FORT BRAGG FOR ARMY
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Look into the eyes of this man. Do you think he could kill his girlfriend in a steroid-fueled rage? That's what Army prosecutors say happened.
M/SGT Omar Velez-Pagan admits 25 year-old Vanessa Rodriguez died at his hands in June 2014, but claims it was "an accident."
The way the married sergeant remembers it, he was riding with the woman in his pick-up truck in Panama when they had a violent quarrel. Velez-Pagan said Rodriguez became enraged when he told her their romance was over.
According to a statement given the CID, the senior NCO claimed his gal pal jumped out of the truck cab and tried to run away. The 37 year-old Army veteran said he "accidentally ran over" the victim, crushing her skull and killing her.
WAS THIS A CRIME OF PASSION?
Investigators claim it was deliberate and the result of a steroid-fueled rage. The drugs were found in the NCO's apartment after he was taken into custody.
His court-martial begins at Fort Bragg March 21 when prosecutors present charges Velez-Pagan murdered the woman in a fit of passion.
He's also been accused of aggravated assault, adultery, obstruction of justice, and the use and possession of steroids. If convicted, he faces life in prison without parole, dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and a bust to Private E-1.
Velez-Pagan was a member of the U.S. Army Security Assistance Training Management Organization - Joint Planning and Training Team - in Panama.