4 Marines killed in ac­ci­dent clear­ing ord­nance at base

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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.

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