Major to face court martial in death of soldier

Major Darryl Watts. (Jim Wells/ QMI Agency file photo)

Major Darryl Watts. (Jim Wells/ QMI Agency file photo)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:40 PM ET

An Armed Forces officer will face a court martial hearing beginning Tuesday in the 2010 death of Cpl. Josh Baker and the injury of four other soldiers on a training range in Afghanistan.

Major Darryl Watts, who at the time held the rank of captain and was the platoon commander, is charged with one count of manslaughter, two counts of breach of duty, one count of unlawfully causing bodily harm, and two counts of negligent performance of a military duty, the Department of National Defence said on its site late Friday.

Baker, 24, of Edmonton, who was with the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team, was killed Feb. 12, 2010 at a training range about 4 km north of Kandahar City while detonating an explosive device known as a claymore.

Investigators alleged safety procedures were violated in the planning and execution of range activities on the day Baker was killed.


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