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Bergdahl trial set to start October 23rd

Posted at 10:46 AM, May 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-05 12:46:57-04

A military judge says he has settled on an October trial date for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl -- on charges that he endangered his comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009.

Army Col. Jeffery Nance says he intends to start jury selection Oct. 16, and begin the trial in earnest on Oct. 23. Both prosecutors and defense lawyers indicated that the date worked for them.

It's been nearly three years since Bergdahl was released from captivity. His case has had numerous delays over the exchange of classified information.

The military recently set up computers that allow defense lawyers to review sensitive material.

Bergdahl, of Hailey, was held by the Taliban and its allies about five years. He is charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

(by Associated Press)