UPDATED: October 14 at 5:34 p.m.
Ursa native Sergeant Brent Burke faced an Article 32 investigation Friday.
The hearing requires a thorough and impartial investigation of charges and specifications before they may be referred to a general-court-martial.
Burke is accused of killing his estranged wife, Tracy Burke, and her former mother-in-law Karen Comer near Rineyville, Kentucky in 2007.
UPDATED: October 12 at 9:43 a.m.
The military trial of Ursa, Ill. native Sgt. Brent Burke will begin on Friday, October 14.
The Army has charged Burke in the 2007 shooting deaths of his estranged wife, Tracy Burke, and her former mother-in-law Karen Comer in Rineyville.
We will continue to follow this story, but in the meantime, what are your thoughts? All of Burke's civillian trials amounted to nothing, four ended in mistrials and finally a judge dropped the charges ... do you agree with the court-martial?
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UPDATED: August 10 at 1:52 p.m.
Ursa, ILL. native Sgt. Brent Burke will face murder charges in a general court-martial. A trial date has not yet been established.
Burke is charged with premeditated murder in the deaths of his estranged wife and her former mother-in-law back in 2007, plus four more charges. Charges were dropped in civilian court in Hardin County, Kentucky after four mistrials.
Burke has been charged with violating Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which states that, Article 118 of the UCMJ states that, any person subject to this chapter whom without justification or excuse, unlawfully kills a human being, when he - (1) has a premeditated design to kill; (2) intends to kill or inflict great bodily harm; (3) is engaged in an act which is inherently dangerous to others and evinces a wanton disregard of human life; or (4) is engaged in the perpetration of burglary, sodomy, rape robbery, or aggravated arson; - is guilty of murder and shall suffer such punishment as a court-martial may direct, except that if found guilty under clause (1) or (4), he shall suffer death or imprisonment for life as a court-martial may direct.
Burke has been placed in pre-trial confinement at a civilian confinement facility and will face a general court-martial, which is the most serious level of military courts. It consists of a judge, trial counsel, defense counsel, and at least five court members.
UPDATED: July 29 at 8:21 p.m. Ursa native Brent Burke's military hearing has started.
Military investigators heard evidence yesterday in his Article 32 hearing.
Burke is charged with premeditated murder in the deaths of his estranged wife and her former mother-in-law back in 2007, plus four more charges.
This hearing will determine whether Burke should face a court-martial.
---------- UPDATED: July 11 at 9:55 a.m.
The Tri-State community thought Brent Burke's troubles were over, but Sunday KHQA learned the Ursa native is now facing military charges.
Last month charges were dropped against Burke in the 2007 slayings of his estranged wife, Tracy Burke, and her former mother-in-law Karen Comer.
Now, the U.S. Army has brought premeditated-murder charges against him. The Army's action comes after a central Kentucky judge dismissed murder charges against Burke in the shooting deaths, but left the door open for charges to be brought back.
Burke has been tried four times in Hardin County. There have been two mistrials and two hung juries in the case. Burke was in pre-trial civilian confinement.
He will face an Article 32 investigation, which determines whether there is enough evidence for him to face a court martial or other disciplinary action.
We asked a representative at the Fort Campbell military base how Burke can be tried by the military after already being acquitted through the state's court. He told us because Burke is still a soldier in the United States Army that he is held to a higher standard as the rest of his comrades.
If convicted of premeditated murder, Burke could get life in prison or the death penalty.