The Article 32 investigation begins for Lance Corporal Justin L. Sharratt. LCpl Sharratt shot several men in the village of Haditha, in November 2005. LCpl Sharratt was with his battalion 3/1 in when the killings happended in Haditha. LCpl Sharratt is charged with violations of Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), unpremeditated murder. The maximum punishment is a dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, reduction to the lowest enlisted rank, and confinement for life. The investigating officer is LtCol P. J. Ware, USMC, a military judge in Hawaii. LtCol Ware was previously a military judge at Camp Pendleton. LCpl Sharratt’s military defense counsel is Major B Cosgrove, USMCR, a reservist brought back on active duty for this case.
The family of LCpl Sharratt has established a defense fund.