The soldier being held in the death of a basic training soldier has been identified as Pfc. George D. McDonald, 19, of Floyd, Va. McDonald is a supply clerk assigned to 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 198th Infantry Brigade. Court-martial charges have been preferred against McDonald. He is accused of murdering a fellow soldier, assaulting another soldier and resisting apprehension at Fort Benning on May 18.
He is facing charges of premeditated murder, resisting apprehension and of aggravated assault.
It is likely that an Article 32 investigation, a pre-trial hearing, will be conducted to determine whether sufficient evidence exists to proceed to trial, and if so, to what level of court-martial.
The highest level of military trial court is a general court-martial, reserved for serious felony charges.
The victim, Pfc. Rick Bulmer, 23, of Squaw Valley, Calif., was allegedly stabbed repeatedly by McDonald the evening of May 18. He was transported to the Medical Center in Columbus, where he underwent surgery and was placed in the intensive care unit shortly after midnight. He died at approximately 3 o'clock the next morning.
Bulmer arrived at Fort Benning on May 6 after enlisting with the California National Guard, and was assigned to E Co., 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Regiment, 198th Infantry Brigade on May 16.