(Mirror Daily, United States) – This summer, US Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar was strangled to death by two Navy SEALs in Mali, but the motive of the mystery killing was not immediately clear.
A recent report shows that Melgar, 34, irked the SEALs when he refused to accept illegal money the U.S. army was supposed to give to informants.
The Daily Beast found that the special operation operatives used the money for intelligence activities in Mali. But the two members of the highly-respected SEAL Team Six allegedly siphoned the money into their own pockets, according to five people familiar with the matter.
Melgar reportedly uncovered the dubious scheme, but when he refused bribery he faced a horrific death. Ahead of his killing, the Green Beret told his wife of the issues he encountered at work. The man promised to give her more details when he went back home, but he never did.
The Green Beret Was Strangled
Shortly after the killing, the two SEALs told investigators that Melgar died after performing combative exercises while drunk. Yet, the autopsy report revealed no traces of alcohol or drugs in the victim’s body, a source told The Beast.
Authorities started probing the two SEALs because of the circumstances of the death. The victim’s superiors blamed foul play for the man’s death. According several defense officials, a preliminary report shows the Green Beret was the victim of “a homicide by asphyxiation.” It is the first time a reason is attached to the murder.
Melgar, a Texan who took part in combat operations in Afghanistan twice, was deployed to Mali in a bid to teach counter-terrorism tactics to local residents. The two SEALs allegedly killed him when he learned they were stealing from the Army and refused a cut.
In September, the investigation into his death landed in the Navy’s jurisdiction, which suggests that the suspects are Navy members.
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