Soldier In Taliban Slaying Attempts Suicide In Prison

By: AP
By: AP

The father of a soldier who pleaded guilty to killing a suspected Taliban captive says his son attempted suicide in prison three weeks ago but is doing better since mental health officials changed his medication.

Pfc. David Lawrence is serving a 10-year term at the Army's Fort Leavenworth, Kan., prison after pleading guilty in May to shooting the prisoner in a jail cell in Afghanistan in October 2010. He was assigned to a unit from Fort Carson, Colo., at the time.

His father, Brett Lawrence, of Lawrenceburg, Ind., says his son slit his wrists because he was hearing voices and having hallucinations.

Brett Lawrence says a civilian psychiatrist diagnosed his son as having schizophrenia. One Army evaluation also found he had schizophrenia but a second found no severe mental illness.

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  • by 1984 on Oct 27, 2011 at 04:15 PM
    Americans are being droned while America, after falling for the 9/11 fantasy, OKs killing anyone who threatens our freedom. As America deteriorates even more I'm sure a drone in your neighborhood will not be unusual. Maybe this answers why the census workers were recording the GPS coordiantes of every front door in the land of the free. just a thought.
  • by Eddie on Oct 27, 2011 at 03:42 PM
    Are you all on crack? This trained killing machine, murdered an unarmed person in cold blood while he was locked in a cage and you all think that his sentencing is unjust? They should have given him the needle and been done with it. Say what you want, but when it comes down to it, he made the decision to pull the trigger and end a life, it doesn't matter if it was a taliban life, or Christian, hindu, jewish,black, white, Asian, etc. He killed a person in cold blood without them having so much as a reasonable chance to defend their self. I guess murder in the name of freedom is alright huh? You're all a bunch of hypocrites and I thank God you're not in charge of this country. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.
  • by hmm on Oct 27, 2011 at 01:26 PM
    If you have a issue with the rules of engagement that our military our forced to endure that put them in 100% danger from enemy combatants stop electing liberal democrats. The democrats have tied the hands of our soldiers so they can not do their job thoroughly and this needs to change. The only crime in war is letting your soldiers die in the name of political correctness and not letting them use the tools we give them to get the job done. STOP teaching cultural sensitivity to our troops, Stop making them be shot at first before they can take action, and for gods sake if you can't get behind our troops please get in front of them when they shoot. May the gods bless our troops for a safe return to their families, friends and homeland.
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      by 1984 on Oct 27, 2011 at 04:19 PM in reply to hmm
      Political correctness is just a cover for the fact that your globalist leaders are destroying our country intentionally. Do you think it's just a coincidence that the economies of foreign nations are falling too? Goodbye dollar, hello world currency. The Euro should be evidence enough of what the rest of the plan is.
  • by John Location: westside on Oct 27, 2011 at 01:24 PM
    Nothing wrong with shooting Taliban
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      by Ed on Oct 27, 2011 at 09:57 PM in reply to John
      What is the Taliban exactly? I know that Al Qaida came from the CIA but the Taliban I'm not so sure about.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 27, 2011 at 12:19 PM
    If Afganistan is a police action like Vietnam let's call it that. The president sends army troops to fight a war then the soldier is prosecuted for killing. Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. left a hugh mess to clean up now Obama is left to clean it up and will not do the right things required to protect our own service people. This country is rotting from the inside because of ridiculous national policy.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 27, 2011 at 02:08 PM in reply to
      What makes you think Obama is going to clean up anything?
  • by Nic on Oct 27, 2011 at 10:04 AM
    Poor kid. We don't know all the details of his situation from this article, but this soldier has been through a lot. We ask our soldiers to kill the enemy and then punish them when they kill them in a way that we don't approve of. I'm sure the mental toll is difficult and confusing.
  • by sympathetic Location: ft. carson on Oct 27, 2011 at 09:46 AM
    This is so sad... This soldier was not properly evaluated and now the kid is attempting suicide??? I think he should have been sent to a mental facility not prison and will now never have a normal life, job, ect because he was court marshaled by the military. He should have never been prosecuted for killing one of those terrorists we were fighting over there. He was just made an example of by his command to save their own behinds. My heart goes out to him and his family.
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