Posted: Dec 13, 2012 11:13 AM
Updated: Dec 13, 2012 11:14 AM
FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) Lawyers for an Army sergeant charged with premeditated murder concede that he killed another soldier but say the slaying was so brutal and random that it couldn't have been premeditated.
Defense attorneys made the argument during closing statements Thursday in the court-martial of Sgt. Vincinte Jackson. He's accused of stabbing and choking Spc. Brandy Fonteneaux in her barracks room in January.
Vincinte blames the slaying on a potent mixture of anti-depressants and alcohol.
A panel of eight Army officers and enlisted soldiers will decide Jackson's fate.
If convicted of premeditated murder, Jackson could be sentenced to up to life in prison without parole. The minimum sentence for the crime is life in prison with an opportunity for parole in 10 years.