The Coast Guard Cutters SPAR (WLB 206) and Douglas Munro (WHEC 724) are moored at home port while a raft of otters gather in Womens Bay, in Kodiak, Alaska, May 1, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Charly Hengen)

Coast Guardsman Charged with Murder Released from Miramar Brig Amid Change in Charges

A Coast Guard seaman accused of murder was released from a San Diego brig Monday as the admiral overseeing his prosecution ordered a new hearing in the case.

Seaman Ethan W. Tucker, 21, was arrested August 28 after a seven-month Coast Guard investigation into the January death of Seaman Ethan Kelch, 19, who served on the same ship as Tucker— the Douglas Munro, a high endurance cutter based in Kodiak, Alaska.

Tucker is charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, making false official statements, obstruction of justice and failure to obey orders. He has not entered a plea and won’t do so unless his case is referred to a court-martial.

Read more at the San Diego Union-Tribune

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