Airman Bryan Roney has been found not guilty on all charges.
As you may remember, Roney, 20, was being court-martialed at the Air Force base in Qatar for a list of what in the civilian world would have been “minor” charges. In the military, however, these would have ended his career. The charge sheet cited larceny (stealing $28.00 in mini-bottles of alcohol from the base lounge), drinking more than three drinks in one day, drinking in an unauthorized location and possession of a controlled substance.
Roney’s court-martial began yesterday, including testimony from the two main accusers, Airman First Class Russell Hopko and Airman First Class David Baker. The two airmen, who are roommates, stated under oath that Roney had stolen alcohol from the base lounge, drinking it with Baker later that night. They also claimed that Roney had badgered Hopko into giving him one of his prescribed morphine pills, which they say Roney then ingested.
His family is awaiting more details but they heard from Bryan a few hours ago, who said that attorney Phil Cave was “outstanding…He really tore those guys up.” I doubt it was difficult, since those guys were quite obviously lying.
So how was Roney found not guilty? Simple. He wasn’t there.
A base sign-in log for one of the dates in question shows that Roney signed into base at 1704. According to the statements by Baker and Hopko, Roney was with them at the time, bothering Hopko for morphine and doing other naughty things.
There are many more holes in the story, some of which are just not coming out. However, even if they don’t all come out to the public eye, Soon-to-be Airman 1st Class Bryan Roney has been vindicated.