Army knew Fort Benning GI was homicidal

Dec. 12, 2003 at 7:09 PM
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army soldier, believed to be homicidal after intense combat in Iraq, was released just days before he allegedly got involved in a violent death.

Army medical records reviewed by United Press International show the Army knew Pvt. Jacob Burgoyne was having "homicidal/suicidal" thoughts in the days before a killing at Fort Benning, Ga.

That death occurred at Fort Benning, Ga., in July, and charges were filed after police discovered the skeletal remains of Spc. Richard Davis on Nov. 7.

Burgoyne made an apparent suicide attempt on his way home from war 10 days before the incident, records show.

The problem could be broader: Soldiers at several Army bases told UPI they fear that a shortage of counselors and cursory attention to mental problems after combat might lead to more deaths as tens of thousands of troops return from Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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