December Trial for Former Green Beret Accused of Killing 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)
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 will face a military trial in December on allegations that he murdered a bomb-maker years ago in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army spokesman Lt. Col. Loren Bymer said late Thursday in a news release that Maj. Mathew Golsteyn's court-martial is scheduled to begin Dec. 2 in a Fort Bragg courthouse. The electronic docket shows Golsteyn is charged with murder.

The charge stems from the former Green Beret's 2010 deployment to Afghanistan when he's accused of killing the suspected bomb-maker.

Golsteyn has said he believes the Afghan was a legal target because of his behavior at the time of the shooting.

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

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