Listen: Prosecutors won't drop charges against Navy SEAL despite trial twist
"He's a war hero or a war criminal. That's the question at the center of a high profile military trial underway in San Diego involving decorated navy seal, Eddie Gallagher accused of murdering an ISIS prisoner in Iraq in twenty seventeen but in court came above shell. The best defense for chief Gallagher's the truth today. The true started to come out in a stunning twist, a witness a navy seal medic Gallagher's, deployment testified that he's the one who actually killed the prisoner special warfare operator. First class Cory Scott, who was granted immunity. For his testimony said, he saw Gallagher pull out a knife and stabbed the prisoner underneath a collarbone at least once something other witnesses backed up. But Scott told the court he froze, not knowing what to do. He killed the prisoner because he knew he was going to die anyway. Saying I suffocated him, I held my thumb over his trait. Tube until he is fixated. The admission seemed to outrage navy prosecutor Lieutenant, Brian John who reacted saying, you can stand up there, and you can lie about how you killed the ISIS prisoner. So chief Gallagher does not have to go to jail, Scott's response. He's got a wife and family. I don't think you should spend the rest of his life in prison chief special warfare operator Gallagher is on trial for the stabbing death of that ISIS prisoner in Iraq. In twenty seventeen Gallagher's also accused of shooting civilians, and taking a photo with a corpse that he sent to friends, something Gallagher's lawyer described as a joke, just for fun. How do you explain the texts that he sent the messages sent to people like this one with my hunting knife? I got my knife skills on explain that. It's joke. Funny joke. Well, two two guys in the sale teams. Yeah. It stark him, but it appears that so called dark humor didn't go over so well with Gallagher's own platoon members who turned it in this entire process for him has been difficult hearing people say things that aren't true, people that he thought were his brothers people that he thought he could trust. Scott said he didn't previously admit his actions and interviews with the NCIS or the prosecution and was only admitting it now because he was granted immunity today for the first time somebody went to this one of these witnesses and actually asked the real question, what is the cause of death, but it doesn't appear that Scott's testimony will put an end to this case? And a statement tonight, the navy says the government will not be dropping premeditated murder charges against chief petty officer Gallagher, despite petty officer Scott's testimony, the credibility of a witness is for the jury to decide police"