Soldier Pleads Not Guilty in Killing of Suspected Bomb-Maker

Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, a former Army Special Forces soldier, arrives at the Fort Bragg courtroom facility for an arraignment hearing on Thursday, June 27, 2019. Golsteyn entered a plea of not guilty in the killing of an unarmed Afghan national in 2010. (Andrew Craft/The Fayetteville Observer via AP). --

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A former U.S. Army commando has pleaded not guilty to accusations that he murdered a suspected bomb-maker in Afghanistan in 2010.

Maj. Mathew Golsteyn was arraigned Thursday during a hearing at Fort Bragg on a murder charge, according to The Fayetteville Observer.

The charge announced last year stems from the former Green Beret's 2010 deployment to Afghanistan when he's accused of killing the suspected bomb-maker. Golsteyn has contended the killing was justified under wartime circumstances.

Present at the short hearing Thursday were Golsteyn's wife, son and parents.

The case has drawn the attention of President Donald Trump, who suggested last year in a tweet that he would look into the matter.

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