A Navy SEAL convicted in the death of a Green Beret soldier is under investigation by authorities for approaching his victim’s widow under a pseudonym at a Las Vegas party, allegedly requesting access to her room and telling her that the SEALs involved in her husband’s death were “good guys,” according to military documents and three people familiar with the case.
Chief Special Warfare Operator Adam C. Matthews faced a murder charge in the death of Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, and was wearing a Rambo costume at the time, according to the documents, which were obtained by The Washington Post. They were verified with three people familiar with the investigation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.
The encounter adds a new layer of strangeness to the death of Melgar, a member of 3rd Special Forces Group who had deployed to Afghanistan.
It also raises questions about the amount of freedom the Navy provided to Matthews, a member of the elite SEAL Team 6 who received a one-year prison sentence in May after becoming the first service member charged who was willing to testify against others involved.
Melgar was strangled June 4, 2017, after a group of men that had been out drinking burst into his room in the Malian capital of Bamako with a sledgehammer with plans to choke him unconscious, bind him with duct tape and record of a video of a Malian man sexually molesting him as part of a hazing plot, according to testimony by a Marine Raider convicted in the case.
Four U.S. Special Operations troops were charged with murder, including Matthews and Chief Special Warfare Operator Anthony DeDolph, a fellow member of SEAL Team 6. Matthews and the Marine, Staff Sgt. Kevin Maxwell, have pleaded guilty to lesser charges, while DeDolph and another Marine, Gunnery Sgt. Mario Madera-Rodriguez, still face trial.