Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Judilianna Lawrence update

Denver, Colorado - A Fort Carson soldier has been formally charged in connection with the killing of 19-year-old Judilianna Lawrence, according to The Denver Channel news. As reported by FRIDA in an earlier post, the body of Ms Lawrence, an African American teenager with a learning disability, was found in early October after she had been missing for three days. 21-year-old Robert Marko, a mortarman with the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division who served in Iraq from January 2007 to February 2008, is charged, amongst other things, with sexual assault and first-degree murder. According to The Denver Channel, Ms Lawrence, who was known as "Judi" to her friends and family, had been exchanging emails with Marko for several months after meeting him on MySpace. She went missing on the day they had arranged to meet in person for the first time.

It is reported, but only in passing, that Marko is the eighth soldier from the 4th Brigade Combat Team suspected in a local homicide.