Some things just make no sense at all. A 23 year-old active duty soldier stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (above) near Tacoma, Washington is in custody and charged with murder after stabbing a fellow soldier to death in a senseless off-post incident last month.
Equally bizarre and disturbing is the way he was caught: Spc. Jeremiah Hill asked an Army medic for first aid for a knife wound on his right hand the day after the stabbing. When asked how he got the cut, he boasted to the medic that he’d gotten cut “stabbing a man to death.” The medic immediately told his NCO, who immediately called Lakewood, WA detectives.
Hill was questioned and arrested, and two other active-duty soldiers at Lewis-McChord were arrested and charged with evidence tampering after the fact. Despite their alleged efforts to destroy evidence (including getting rid of the murder weapon) the police recovered piles of forensic evidence, including the defendant’s clothes soaked with the victim’s blood.
The incident was originally investigated as a hate crime because witnesses had described the attackers as African-American while the victim, Spc. Tevin Geike, was white. Police no longer believe that race was a motivation for the killing.
We can all be glad that Hill was an amateur knife murderer, although he was unfortunately proficient enough to take Gieke’s life. A more professional killer wouldn’t have cut himself, wouldn’t have bragged about it, and might never have been caught.
Full details at KIRO.com