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Witness: Private Admitted Killing

August 10, 1999 GMT

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) _ An Army private accused of beating a fellow soldier to death with a baseball bat admitted to the crime after being taken into custody, according to testimony at a military hearing.

The testimony came Monday at a hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to send the case against Pfc. Calvin Glover to a general court-martial. The hearing was to resume today.

Glover, 18, was charged with premeditated murder in July’s killing of Pfc. Barry Winchell in the hallway of Winchell’s barracks at Fort Campbell.

Pfc. Ryan Futch guarded Glover after he was taken into custody. Futch testified that Glover told him he had hit Winchell several times with the bat. Futch also said he overheard Glover make disparaging remarks about blacks and homosexuals to another prisoner.

Several soldiers have said they believed the killing was a hate crime. Winchell, 21, was perceived as a homosexual by some soldiers in his unit, according to Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, the watchdog group for gays in the military.

The Army has declined comment on Winchell’s sexuality. NBC reported Monday night that Winchell’s mother and stepfather said if Winchell was gay, they were unaware of it.

``The fact is, he was murdered, and he was on an Army base, where we thought he was safe,″ said Pat Kutteles, his mother.

Winchell and Glover served in the 502nd Infantry Regiment’s 2nd Battalion at the post.

Chief Warrant Officer Alfred Brown testified that Winchell suffered massive head injuries when he was beaten with a blunt object after a party outside the barracks on July 5.

Pfc. Arthur Hoffman, a member of Winchell’s company and a friend of the victim, described Glover as someone with an apparent drinking problem who often tried to pick fights. Hoffman said that on July 3 Winchell had gotten the better of Glover during a fight.