FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - The Army has charged one Fort Bragg soldier with involuntary manslaughter and another with conspiring to obstruct justice and giving false statements in connection with the stabbing death of a fellow paratrooper in Iraq in July, a military spokeswoman said Wednesday.Spc. Nicholas Bailey, 23, of Pflugerville, Texas, and Spc. Tyler Cain, 21, of North Carolina, have been charged in connection with the death of Spc. Morganne McBeth, 19, a combat medic assigned to Al Asad Air Base who died from a stab wound to the chest on July 2, according to Maj. Virginia McCabe, a spokeswoman for the 82nd Airborne Division.All three were deployed with a unit of the division.McCabe said it wasn't immediately clear whether any restrictions had been placed on Bailey or Cain, who were charged on Nov. 24 and are at Fort Bragg.Bailey was charged with involuntary manslaughter, obstruction of justice, conspiring to obstruct justice by giving false statements and making a false official statement. Cain was charged with conspiring to obstruct justice by giving false statements and giving false statements, the spokeswoman said.McCabe said the two soldiers face an Article 32 hearing, which is similar to a grand jury proceeding. A military attorney was present when the charges were referred and one also will be appointed to represent them, she added.The Fayetteville Observer reported Wednesday that McBeth's mother, Sylvia McBeth of Fredericksburg., Va., said the family has been waiting months for an explanation about how her daughter died."We are pleased that they're being charged, but we are not pleased with what they are being charged with," McBeth said.The family has been given multiple and conflicting accounts of what happened and how her daughter died, and all they want is answers, she told the newspaper.Chris Grey, spokesman for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Command, said in a statement that such investigations take time."There are numerous challenges when investigating a death in a combat zone. Forensic support, a mobile population, security issues are just a few examples. We also investigate every death as if it were a homicide, regardless of the circumstances, to ensure we capture all evidence, witness statements, etc. Investigations take time and the dynamics of an investigation differ with every case," Grey said.The spokesman added that because charges have been filed, he could not provide any further details about the case.___Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com
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