A court-martial is scheduled to begin Wednesday for Morlock, 22, of Wasilla, Alaska, one of several soldiers charged in an incident last year where the Army says three Afghan civilians were slain by members of the 5th Stryker Brigade operating in Kandahar province.
Once Morlock stipulates to the facts in the case, his lawyer said he would ask the court to consider the defendant's overall military record, and any mitigating factors. He said Morlock may testify in other cases related to the incidents.
Of the 12 soldiers charged in the incident, only five are charged with murder. The others faced charges such as assault and drug use. Hearings for five of the seven remaining defendants have ended, with the five being convicted, confined and likely facing discharge, several reports have said.