Army investigates plot warning from soldier’s father

  • Fri Oct 1st, 2010 5:49pm
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Associated Press

SEATTLE — A spokesman says the Army is investigating claims that a soldier’s father tried to issue a warning early this year about a plot to kill civilians in Afghanistan.

Christopher Winfield, the father of Spc. Adam Winfield, says he received troubled messages from his son in February, saying his colleagues had murdered one civilian and planned to kill more. Christopher Winfield’s phone records show he made calls that day to Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Seattle, where his son’s unit is based, and spoke to a sergeant. He also said he left a few messages.

No suspects were arrested until May, after two more civilians had been killed. Spc. Winfield is among those charged.

Also charged is the alleged leader of the plot, Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs of Billings, Mont.

Spc. Jeremy Morlock of Wasilla, Alaska, Pvt. 1st Class Andrew Holmes of Boise, Idaho and Spc. Michael Wagnon II of Las Vegas, Nev. are also facing charges.

Col. Tom Collins said Friday that the Army has not uncovered evidence that the elder Winfield left messages. But he says investigators have determined with whom Winfield spoke.