Hearing continues in Fort Lewis overdose death

Updated May 21, 2009 – 7:23 am

(AP) – Three Fort Lewis soldiers testifying in a military hearing have implicated a fellow soldier in providing marijuana and other drugs.

Pvt. Timothy Bennitt is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the drug overdose death of a 16-year-old girl who was found in his barracks.

Spc. Brandon Savoy testified Wednesday that he was nervous about snorting the pain killer Percocet, but that Bennitt told him it was safe if he didn’t use too much.

Savoy was testifying on the third day of Bennitt’s hearing, the military equivalent of a grand-jury proceeding.

It will resume June 2, when the defense can begin its case for the 19-year-old Bennitt, from Rolling Prairie, Ind.

The hearing will determine whether there’s enough evidence to court-martial Bennitt, who also faces drug charges.

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