Edmond parents of Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna fault military justice system
BY CHRIS CASTEEL NewsOK.com
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va. — The parents of Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna criticized the military justice system Tuesday and asked a Defense Department advisory board to ensure soldiers have the same rights to a fair trial as those in the civilian system.
Scott and Vicki Behenna, of Edmond, said their son was charged with murder in a combat zone four years ago without any physical evidence to support the charge.
Inexperienced prosecutors failed to disclose evidence that would have helped their son's case, they said, and their son received a sentence far harsher than others convicted of the same crime.
The Behennas' testimony was delivered to the Defense Legal Policy Board, which held a public hearing to examine how the military justice system works in regard to soldiers charged with crimes against civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Vicki and Scott Behenna, parents of Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna, prepare to testify Tuesday in Arlington, Va., about the military justice system. CHRIS CASTEEL/NewsOK.com