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Father testifies in court-martial over son’s death

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The family of an Army private who committed suicide continues its testimony in a military court.

Sgt. Adam Holcomb of Youngstown, Ohio, is accused of hazing Pvt. Danny Chen to the point that he killed himself while they were deployed in Afghanistan. Holcomb faces up to 18 years in prison if convicted on all charges, including negligent homicide.

The Fayetteville Observer reports (an Tao Chen told a 10-member military jury at Fort Bragg Wednesday that he had a close relationship with his son. The soldier’s mother testified on Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Pvt. Chen shot himself in the head after weeks of hazing by Holcomb and seven other soldiers. Defense attorneys argue Pvt. Chen had strained family relations that caused the suicide.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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