The Pentagon said last week that an inquiry into the four soldiers’ deaths would not be completed until January at the earliest.
No one has been charged in Sergeant Melgar’s death, which a military medical examiner ruled “a homicide by asphyxiation,” or strangulation.
According to a preliminary report by the Army Criminal Investigation Command dated Sept. 15, the two Navy commandos said they were wrestling with Sergeant Melgar and found him “unresponsive” after getting off him. One of the commandos later told a witness that he had “choked” Sergeant Melgar “out,” and that he and the other Navy commando were out “to get back” at the sergeant for a perceived slight, according to the document, which was first reported by NBC News.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service took over the case in late September from Army…