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Camp Hansen sailor murdered to prevent court martial testimony

Date Posted: 2005-05-27

A dental technician charged with the February murder of a fellow servicemember listened to preliminary hearing testimony that will determine whether she will face a court martial.

Marine Lance Corporal Jessica Jenkins is one of four Camp Hansen technicians charged with the brutal murder of Seaman Adam J. Palecco, whose throat was slit and was stabbed numerous times February 2nd, two days before he was to testify at a court martial.

Special Agent Michael Cote told the court Palecco was beaten and stabbed in a parking lot on Camp Hansen, near the movie theater and the food court. His body was discovered by passing GI’s. Jenkins was not one of the troops who actually killed Palecco, but is reportedly the girlfriend of the GI who led the attack.

In addition to the murder charge, Jenkins faces charges of failing to obey a lawful order, dereliction of duty, making false official statements, being an accessory after the fact, aiding and abetting in a crime, and concealing and receiving stolen merchandise.

Officials say she may have known that Seamen Audley Evans planned to kill Palecco, who was to testify in a shoplifting court martial case. His charged with murder, along with Seaman Robert L. Person Jr., and Seaman Tiffany Marie Brooks.

Agent Cote told the court that boxes of goods stolen from area base exchanges were found in Evans’ barracks. Evans, Palecco and another Navy dental technician, Darryl Trappier, faced charges of theft. The day before Palecco’s murder, Trappier was convicted of shoplifting and sentenced to eight months in jail, along with a bad conduct discharge.

Palecco’s body was found February 4th, only hours before his court martial was to begin.

Military authorities say Jenkins admitted to them she knew about what happened, but did not report it because she was afraid she could also wind up dead, like Palecco.

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