The court-martial trial of a Barksdale Air Force Airman charged in the March 2018 death of a fellow airman will kick off Monday at Barksdale Air Force Base.
Airman 1st Class Isaiah Edwards, was charged with murder in the stabbing death of 20-year-old Airman 1st Class Bradley Hale during a deployment at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.
Both Hale and Edwards were assigned to the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron as Electronic Warfare Journeymen.
A native of Montgomery County, Texas, Hale was found unresponsive with three cuts in his neck at a temporary lodging facility at Andersen on March 26, 2018, and was pronounced dead around 3 a.m. the following morning.
Dr. Aurelio Espinola, chief medical examiner in Guam, said Hale sustained numerous superficial cuts in addition to his three fatal neck wounds.
Edwards was arrested after a knife was found at the scene.
In May 2018, USAF Col. Ty Neuman, commander of 2nd Bomb Wing, directed a preliminary hearing – in the military, called an Article 32 – be held for the charge of murder in Hale’s death.
Like a preliminary examination in civilian court, an Article 32 is conducted to determine whether probable cause exists to proceed to a court martial.
After evidence and testimony was reviewed, Edwards was arraigned on the charge of murder, and the Jan. 7, 2019 court martial date was set.