Two Navy SEALS are being investigated for the murder of an Army Green Beret in Mali in June.
Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melga, a 34-year-old, who had already been on two tours in Afghanistan, was found strangled to death in Embassy housing in Bamako, the Malian capital in June.
At first, the two Navy commandos claimed that Melgar was unresponsive after wrestling with him. A medical examiner ruled his death as homicide by asphyxiation after performing an autopsy on the body.
The initial report claimed that the two Navy SEALs, of the famous SEAL Team 6, put Melgar in a chokehold, he passed out, and the SEALs desperately tried to revive him. After none of their revival attempts worked, they rushed him to the emergency room where he was pronounced dead.
Now, it is being reported that Melgar may have stumbled upon the two commandos taking cash from a fund designated for paying informants. When Melgar threatened to report them for it, they silenced him. It was then claimed as a wrestling accident.
There are conflicting reports coming out about just how far the investigation is looking into the two commandos as persons of interest.
“One Navy official said that military authorities investigated the allegations this year and concluded there was insufficient evidence to take any criminal or other disciplinary action against the commandos, who are members of the elite SEAL Team 6. But another former member of the unit said the inquiry was continuing,” reported the New York Times.
These cash funds are often only loosely regulated and kept up with. This is a result to many of their informants being illiterate. They often are not able to sign a receipt, which makes it hard to keep up with the cash funds, and much easier to steal from.