Fort Carson Starts Task Force, Investigating Soldiers Accused Of Murder

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

Accused of killing a teen, a Fort Carson soldier stood before a judge Monday. Robert Marko allegedly raped and killed 19-year-old Judi Lawrence, who disappeared from her mother's home just over a week ago.

Marko is one of six soldiers suspected in eight murders since 2005. Three more are charged with accessory to murder.

Fort Carson announced Monday that the post is creating a task force to take a more in-depth look at the past of each of these soldiers, seeing if there is a commonality among them. The task force will be made up of medical personnel, law enforcement and behavioral health specialists.

“We’re looking for common threads among these soldiers," said Major General Mark Graham, commanding general of Fort Carson.

Graham said they're going to investigate each soldier's personal life, their mental state before deploying overseas and their mental state they got back.

“When a soldier does something wrong, it affects us all. It’s like when a member of a family does something wrong, it affects the family. The Army is family," said MG Graham.

The majority of the accused soldiers served with the same unit at Fort Carson.

Graham just wants to get to the bottom of it.

He said he didn’t know when the investigation would be complete.

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