Marine Sniper From Taliban Urination Video Found Dead In Home
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) – A sniper prosecuted for the act of urinating on Taliban corpses in 2011 was found dead Wednesday night in his Jacksonville, North Carolina home, Marine Corps Times reports.
The causes of retired Cpl Robert Richards’ death are not yet known as an autopsy has not yet been conducted, however according to Guy Womack, a close friend and attorney of Richards, suicide does not seem to be one of the options.
Womack went on to say that a medical examiner will look at the mixture of prescription drugs Richards was taking following a head injury while on a 2010 tour in Afghanistan.
Following another 2011 tour in Afghanistan, Richards was one of four Marines recorded urinating on Taliban corpses in a video that placed him and his comrades in hot water internationally.
The charges associated with the lewd, disrespectful act were eventually dwarfed by an improperly handled justice process, but many still remained infuriated with the treatment of the deceased Taliban bodies.
Despite this, many of Richards’ close comrades and friends had nothing but kind words to share about the former Marine Corps member.
Joseph Chamblin, one of the fellow Marines prosecuted in the urination case, remembers Richards as “one of the best snipers I ever knew.”
Chamblin went on to say, “He was a good guy, and would do anything for his friends.”
Another one of Richards’ comrades prosecuted was James Clement.
“Rob was a tenacious warrior who endured three combat deployments, losing brothers in all, and nearly giving his own life on one. Despite grievous physical and emotional wounds, Rob never fled, and never surrendered,” Clement said. “…My prayers are with his wife Raechel and all of his family and friends — their unwavering support of Rob is an example to us all. It is important that all future Marines remember Rob for who he was as a man, husband and Marine.”
Marine Corps officials at the Pentagon also offered kind words in a statement:
“We are aware of reports regarding the tragic passing of retired Marine Cpl. Robert W. Richards,” said Maj. John Caldwell, a spokesman. “We offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends.”
It is expected that Richards will be buried with honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.