Sikh shooting latest violent link to Fort Bragg

Stress over separations and existing marital problems were judged to be behind the killings, according to a team of 19 investigators, including mental and physical health workers and military clergy. But their report also said military culture discourages soldiers and their families from seeking help when domestic problems can potentially be resolved.

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Master Sgt. William Wright, one of the Fort Bragg soldiers who killed himself while awaiting trial in the death of his wife, was considering using Lariam as part of his defense, "60 Minutes II" correspondent Vicki Mabrey reported in January 2003.

Also, Sgt. 1st Class Rigoberto Nieves, 32, a special forces soldier, fatally shot his wife and himself June 11, 2002, two days after he had returned from Afghanistan; and Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Floyd, reportedly a member of the secret Delta Force, shot his wife and then killed himself July 19, 2002.

Army Sgt. Cedric Griffin was accused of stabbing his wife Marilyn 50 times and setting her on fire July 9, 2002.

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Army Staff Sgt. John Diamond and Michelle Theer were charged in the shooting death of Theer's husband, Air Force Capt. Marty Theer, on Dec. 17, 2000. Diamond was convicted and is serving a life sentence in a military prison. Theer - convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder - is serving a life sentence at a women's prison in Raleigh, N.C.

Malcolm Wright Jr. and James Burmeister, paratroopers with the 82d Airborne Division, were convicted in separate trials for the Dec. 7, 1995, shooting deaths of two black men in Fayetteville. They were sentenced to life in prison.

In October 1995, Army Sgt. William J. Kreutzer, who had a history of psychiatric problems, killed one soldier and wounded 18 others at Fort Bragg. He was convicted and sentenced to death in 1996, but the sentence was later changed to life in prison.

Sgt. 1st Class Ervin M. Graves was sentenced to life in prison for the July 10, 1993, shooting death of 2nd Lt. Lisa Bryant in a Fort Bragg dorm.

Master Sgt. Timothy Hennis was convicted in state court for the 1985 murders of Kathryn Eastburn and two of her daughters: Kara, 5, and Erin, 3. Hennis appealed and was acquitted in a second trial. Years later, after Hennis had retired from the military, DNA tests unavailable in the 1980s tied Hennis to the crime scene.

CBS Raleigh affiliate WRAL-TV reports that because Hennis could not be tried in state court again, the case was turned over to the Army to pursue a court-martial.

The Army recalled Hennis back to active duty in 2006 so that he could face a court-martial. He was found guilty and sentenced to death.

One of the most sensational cases of violence involving Fort Bragg personnel may be the 1970 slaying of the family of Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald. Army MPs responded to a call for help at the residence of the military doctor and found MacDonald, wounded and unconscious, on the floor beside the body of his dead, pregnant wife. They also found the couple's children dead in their bedrooms.

The mystery behind the murders endured through a bestselling book, a sensational TV movie and a court case that saw MacDonald convicted in 1979, though he has continued to maintain his innocence.

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  • David Morgan

    David Morgan is a senior editor at CBSNews.com and cbssundaymorning.com.

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