APNewsBreak: Army charges Ga. soldiers with murder

March 28, 2012 - 5:55 PM

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Army is charging four Georgia-based soldiers with premeditated murder in the December slayings of an ex-soldier and his girlfriend. Their deaths were previously being prosecuted only in a civilian court.

Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson confirmed the military charges Wednesday to The Associated Press. If convicted of premeditated murder by a court-martial, the accused soldiers could face the death penalty.

All four have been jailed since December on state charges in the killings of 19-year-old Michael Roark and 17-year-old Tiffany York. They were found dead Dec. 5 by fishermen off a dirt road near Fort Stewart three days after Roark had been discharged from the Army.

No motive has been given. Roark's father says his son wanted to leave the Army after disagreements with superiors.