Jury deliberates case of Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher, who is charged with murder

Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, right, walks with his wife, Andrea Gallagher as they
Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher with his wife, Andrea Gallagher, arriving last week at military court in San Diego.
(Julie Watson / Associated Press)

The case of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with murder and other crimes in Iraq is in the hands of a jury.

Jurors in San Diego will resume deliberations Tuesday in the court-martial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, who is accused of killing a wounded war prisoner in Iraq in 2017. He has pleaded not guilty.

Closing arguments wrapped up Monday with a military prosecutor asserting that the proof of Gallagher’s guilt is his own words, his own photos and the testimony of his fellow troops.

Defense lawyers called the case a “mutiny” by entitled, junior SEALs trying to oust a demanding chief.


The jury is made up of five Marines and two sailors, including a SEAL, many of whom had been in heavy combat in Iraq.

The stories shaping California

Get up to speed with our Essential California newsletter, sent six days a week.

You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.