May 26, 1993 |
A sailor who killed a gay shipmate suffered child abuse in a broken home and hated homosexuals. He inflicted injuries as severe as if his victim had been killed in "a high-speed auto accident or low-speed airplane crash," then told an investigator he'd do it again, a court-martial was told here Tuesday. The testimony came before a jury of eight Navy and Marine officers who are charged with fixing punishment for Airman Apprentice Terry M. Helvey, 21.
May 25, 1993 |
A U.S. Navy sailor who admitted killing a homosexual shipmate escaped a possible death sentence Monday when a court-martial judge accepted the sailor's plea of guilty of having committed the crime "with intent to do great bodily harm." The judge, Navy Cmdr. David P. Holcombe, impaneled a jury of eight Navy and Marine Corps officers, two of them women, to decide on the punishment for Airman Apprentice Terry M. Helvey, 21, of Eloise, Mich. He could be condemned to prison for life.
May 22, 1993 |
The mother of a gay American sailor killed by a shipmate will be barred from "making emotional appeals" when she testifies in a trial scheduled to begin here next week, Judge David P. Holcombe ruled Friday. Holcombe, a Navy commander, also assured defense attorneys for the confessed killer, Airman Apprentice Terry M. Helvey, 21, that he would not allow testimony about the future that his shipmate, Seaman Allen R. Schindler, 22, might have had if he had not been slain.
May 3, 1993 |
An American sailor charged with killing a homosexual shipmate pleaded guilty to murder today in a U.S. military court but said the killing was not premeditated--a move that could spare his life. Airman Apprentice Terry M. Helvey, 21, of Westland, Mich., entered the plea at a pretrial hearing for a Navy court-martial set to begin June 1. He was arrested after the body of 22-year-old Allen Schindler was found in a pool of blood last October in a public restroom in Sasebo in southern Japan.
April 17, 1993 |
Airman Apprentice Terry M. Helvey, accused of beating to death a gay Navy shipmate, will go on trial June 1, a U.S. Navy court-martial judge ruled here Friday. The judge, Cmdr. David P. Holcombe, said that selection of jurors from among U.S. sailors and Marines serving in Japan will begin May 23. At least five jurors must be seated. No maximum is specified under Navy regulations. Lawyers for the 21-year-old Helvey, accused of killing Seaman Allen R.
April 3, 1993 |
An attorney for a sailor accused of killing a gay shipmate disclosed here Friday that the alleged murder occurred after the victim, the accused and at least two other people had been drinking together. It was the first official disclosure of any details about the incident that has become a rallying cry for gay rights advocates. Air Force Maj.