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Canadian Soldier charged in shooting of colleague

October 25, 2007CBC News
An army reservist from Glace Bay, N.S., has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a fellow Canadian soldier in Afghanistan in the spring.

Cpl. Matthew Wilcox is also charged with criminal negligence causing death and negligent performance of duty.

On March 6, Cpl. Kevin Megeney was shot in the chest while in his tent at the Kandahar airbase.

The military called it an accidental shooting, and the Megeney family stated they did not wish to see charges laid against the soldier involved.

There is no word on when Wilcox's military trial will be held.

Megeney's father, Dexter Megeney, said military officials came to the family home on Thursday to inform him of the charges.

"We're letting them do their job," he said of the military prosecutors. "We're not out for blood or anything."

Wilcox is with the 2nd Battalion, Nova Scotia H

Added: Oct-25-2007 
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