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Fort Leonard Wood soldier's trial date re-set

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 | 2:47 p.m. CDT

FORT LEONARD WOOD — A trial date has been re-set for a soldier accused of killing the wife of another soldier at Fort Leonard Wood.

Fort officials said Tuesday that 26-year-old Spc. Jermaine Johnson will stand trial June 29 to July 1 at Fort Leonard Wood in the death of Myria Silva. It was originally set for May 18-20.

Johnson is charged with murder, sodomy, assault, adultery, kidnapping and obstructing justice.

The 23-year-old Silva was the wife of Pfc. Benjamin Silva, who is assigned to the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade at Fort Leonard Wood.

The military has jurisdiction over the case. Fort officials said Silva's body was found on Oct. 14 in Webster County.

If convicted of all charges, Johnson faces up to life in prison without parole.

Johnson, an Army reservist with the 7223 Medical Support Detachment 10 from Mobile, Ala., was serving in Fort Leonard Wood's General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital as a health care specialist.

 


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