State News

February 4, 2010

Soldier accused of threatening rap sent to Kuwait

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — An Army soldier charged with making threats in an angry hip-hop recording in which he describes going on a shooting spree will be transferred from Georgia to Kuwait to face a court-martial, Fort Stewart officials said Wednesday.

Spc. Marc A. Hall of Coward, S.C., has been jailed in Liberty County near the southeast Georgia Army post since December. Fort Stewart commanders deemed the lyrics to Hall’s hip-hop song “Stop Loss,” in which Hall blasts the Army for keeping him in uniform past his date to leave the military, contained a worrisome threat to his unit.

Military charges against 34-year-old Hall also allege that he told soldiers at Fort Stewart he would “go on a rampage” and that he “was planning on shooting the brigade and battalion commanders.”

Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson said commanders opted to transfer Hall’s case overseas because most of the witnesses are members of his infantry unit who are currently deployed to Iraq. Hall will remain confined in Kuwait until his military trial is held there or in Iraq, Larson said.

Hall’s military defense attorney, Capt. Anthony Schiavetti, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Jim Klimaski, a civilian attorney Hall has been consulting, accused the Army of moving Hall’s case overseas to hinder his defense. He says Hall’s song was merely an act of protest and the soldier intended no real violence.

“He mouthed off, he did this song because he was really unhappy that he’s got to stay in” the Army, Klimaski said. “They want to basically shut him off from any support that he has and any witnesses he could call and stack the deck.”

Larson said the Army was in no way trying to deny Hall a fair trial. He said commanders decided it would be best if soldiers being called as witnesses didn’t have to travel to the U.S. from Iraq to testify.

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