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Navy SEAL accused of killing ISIS detainee was victim of 'target and fixation,' attorney says in closing arguments

July 2, 2019

Jury deliberations started Monday in the trial of decorated Navy SEAL Edward "Eddie" Gallagher, as military prosecutors said his words and actions proved he murdered a member of the Islamic State terror network in May 2017, while the defense said the prosecution's case had "huge gaping holes."


Gallagher, 40, has been accused of stabbing to death a teenager who was detained as a member of ISIS in Iraq. He also allegedly posed with the detainee's corpse for photographs and shot civilians.


The trial in San Diego has captured national attention as Gallagher's defense has been championed by his family and some congressional Republicans who have claimed he's a hero getting railroaded.


President Trump even intervened to get Gallagher removed from the brig as he awaited trial and is said to be considering a pardon for him.


Gallagher's defense attorney argued his client was a subject of "fixation" by military prosecutors.


"They started with a conclusion ... [and] ... ignored everything that didn't fit," Timothy Parlatore told the jury of five Marines and two sailors during his closing argument.



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