Agent testifies that soldier confessed to stabbing

During the Article 32 hearing for Pfc. George D. McDonald, which ended early this afternoon, a Criminal Investigation Division agent testified that McDonald admitted to stabbing Pfc. Rick Bulmer, a fellow basic training soldier at Fort Benning.

A DNA expert also testified that he found blood from the victim and the defendant on the weapon.

McDonald, 19, is accused of premeditated murder, resisting arrest and aggravated assault on a second soldier in the death of Bulmer, 23.

The Article 32 investigation, a pre-trial hearing, is conducted to determine whether sufficient evidence exists to proceed to a court-martial and, if so, to what level.

Bulmer died May 18 at The Medical Center's intensive care unit. McDonald was apprehended outside the 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Regiment's barracks.