4 Marines killed in accident clearing ordnance at base
SAN DIEGO | Four Marines were killed Wednesday during an operation to clear a range of unexploded ordnance at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, a Marine official said.
The deaths occurred during a periodic sweep of explosive material to make ranges safe for future exercises, said a Marine official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.
The identities of the dead were withheld pending notification of relatives. Base officials released no details on the 11 a.m. accident. Authorities were investigating the cause.
Eight months ago, a mortar explosion killed seven Marines during a live-fire training exercise in Nevada.
The device shattered windows and damaged mainly the exterior of the building, said Lt. Mike Budreau of the Medford police. Nobody was hurt.
“I think that it’s safe to assume that had this bomb went off as it was intended to, it would have most likely destroyed most of the building, and we believe that was the intent of the suspect,” Lt. Budreau told the Medford Mail Tribune.
Lt. Budreau said the device included what appeared to be a propane tank that was found burning in front of the district attorney’s office after the explosion was reported about 4:30 a.m. Skakel’s release from prison.
Judge Thomas Bishop ruled last month that Mr. Skakel’s trial attorney failed to adequately represent him in 2002 when he was convicted of Martha’s golf club bludgeoning. Judge Bishop lifted a stay of his ruling last week, saying he didn’t believe Mr. Skakel should be required to stay in prison for months or years while his ruling granting a new trial is appealed.
Ms. Gill said prosecutors evaluated the case before deciding not to appeal the judge’s decision. several messages with police and the 54-year-old homeowner’s attorney seeking comment on the case.
Family members of Ms. McBride say she approached the man’s home in search of help after a car accident nearby.
The shooting has prompted calls for justice and a thorough investigation from civil rights groups. not for public viewing,” Ms. Little said Wednesday.