Ex-Camp Pendleton commander faces domestic violence charges
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Marine Corps says a former commanding officer at Camp Pendleton will face charges related to domestic violence allegations that cost him his command earlier this year.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Thursday that Lt. Col. Francisco Zavala is accused of assault, destruction of property, making false statements and conduct unbecoming an officer. Zavala could not be reached for comment.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for October to determine whether there is evidence to proceed with a court-martial.
The Corps declined to release a detailed charge sheet. The military news website Task and Purpose reported the 43-year-old is accused of hitting his wife in the face and taking her phone to prevent her from calling 911. Zavala’s wife filed for divorce and a restraining order.
Zavala was commander of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion.
Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.utsandiego.com