No indictment for 5 soldiers in Columbus beating

Friday, March 9, 2012 8:08 AM
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COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A grand jury has decided not to indict five Army soldiers charged in the beating of a former soldier and his friend in downtown Columbus last year.

 The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the Muscogee County grand jury returned a no bill Tuesday on charges against Nathan J. Smajda, Dillon C. Fisher, Shawn H. Kaverman, Raymond E. Crowder III and Tyler A. Browning. The soldiers faced aggravated battery and battery charges in the April 9 beating of former soldier Eric Gutliph and his friend, Kristy Gibson.

Assistant District Attorney Doug Breault, who was assigned as prosecutor, could not be reached for comment.

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