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03-19-2012, 15:20
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A soldier has been charged in the killing last week of a decorated U.S. Special Forces Soldier from St. Charles.

Sgt. 1st Class Frederic N. Moses, 26, who was born in St. Charles and attended Duchesne High School, died Thursday after he was shot during an off-base incident in Clarksville, Tenn.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which is leading the investigation, on Friday charged a fellow soldier, Sgt. Benjamin Schweitzer, 25, with criminal homicide in Moses' death. Schweitzer, of Clarksville, was being held without bail.

Moses was a decorated Green Beret and had completed four combat deployments: three to Iraq and one to Afghanistan, according to Lt. Col. April Olsen, a spokeswoman for the Special Forces Command.

He returned from his most recent combat tour in February, she said. Moses and Schweitzer were assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, Ky. Both were Green Berets.

Clarksville police responded to a call at 10:45 a.m. Thursday about a man covered with blood near a home. When police arrived, Moses was unresponsive. He was later declared dead from a gunshot wound.

Police followed a trail of blood to a nearby home where they confronted Schweitzer. Schweitzer wounded one officer and barricaded himself in the house. He surrendered about 2:15 p.m.

Police recovered a .45-caliber handgun from the scene.

Moses joined the Army in 2004. After completing special training, he attended and graduated the Special Forces Qualification Course. He was assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group in November 2006, and served as a communications sergeant.

Moses had earned multiple awards, including the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Army Achievement Medal. Other decorations include the Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantry Badge and the Parachutist Badge, according to the military.

Moses is survived by his parents, two sisters, and two brothers.

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03-20-2012, 20:22
RIP Brother. Semper Fi

03-21-2012, 20:41

Team Sergeant
05-09-2012, 08:12
A link to a webpage for SFC Moses:


05-09-2012, 08:31
Great tribute site - the reflective essay is worth reading.

RIP, Sergeant Moses. :(

05-09-2012, 08:40
Gone,but not forgotten.

www.*******.com/watch?v=Wn_iz8z2AGw - Cached

God Bless,Rest in Peace Warrior.....:(

He was just a simple soldier and his ranks are growing thin
But his presence should remind us; we may need his like again,
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.......:(

Perhaps just a simple headline in the paper that might say:

The passing of our soldiers often go unnoticed and unsung by most of the world, remembered only by family and friends. Wish it were not so. May he RIP, his family will be in my thoughts and prayers.........:(

I realize it's a Canadian song,however I believe most appropriate for this occasion..:(


Big Teddy

05-09-2012, 08:52
RIP Warrior, Vaya con Dios..

08-23-2013, 09:29
The verdicts are in.

Guilty only of lesser included offenses.

CLARKSVILLE, TENN — . The courtroom was silent and the tension thick Thursday afternoon as the foreman stood and read the verdict in the jury trial of Benjamin Kyle Schweitzer.

Schweitzer, 28, was charged with second-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder in the March 15, 2012, killing of Sgt. 1st Class Frederic “Nic“ Moses, who was shot five times inside 3388 Quicksilver Court and ran to a neighbor’s home, where he died on the porch.
Moses’ blood trail led police to the home. When they attempted to clear the home, they found a locked bedroom where Schweitzer had barricaded himself.
When Officer James Eure and Officer Shawn Brown kicked the door open, they were met with gunfire. Eure was shot in the left arm. Schweitzer was charged with attempted murder of both officers.
The jury found Schweitzer not guilty of second-degree murder but guilty of the lesser included charge of reckless homicide.
They also found him not guilty of two counts of attempted first-degree murder, but convicted him of the lesser included misdemeanor charge of two counts of reckless endangerment.
Schweitzer sat still and silent and hung his head as the verdict was read.
Judge John H. Gasaway sentenced Schweitzer to time served for the two reckless endangerment charges since he had jail credit of more than 520 days. The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum of 11 months and 29 days in jail. Schweitzer had served that time.
Moses’ family wept and tried to hold back emotions as the verdict was read. At the conclusion of the trial, emotions boiled over.
After the jury left the courtroom and Schweitzer was being led out, Moses’ father and his good friend yelled at Schweitzer.
Family members sobbed in the court complex hallways before deputies escorted them safely from the court complex.
Schweitzer will be sentenced on Oct. 29 for the reckless homicide conviction. Reckless homicide is a Class D felony, punishable by 2-4 years in prison or on probation.
Following the verdict, Scjweitzer’s attorney, Chase Smith, commented, “The jurors had an extremely tough decision today. We are thankful for their attention and their decision. Certainly, they had a tough job. That is the case with charges of this magnitude. In the end, we feel they made the correct decision. Mr. Schweitzer deeply regrets his actions that day and will certainly live with those consequences for the rest of his life.”

08-28-2013, 21:42
ARE YOU F'N KIDDING ME!!!!!! Nick was a good guy and a fine team member. No justice.

Remington Raidr
08-28-2013, 22:34
CSB, that's your AO, any insight on why?

08-28-2013, 23:05
Yes, I was there for most of the trial, the courtroom is down the hall from my office in the Court Complex.
First of all, the prosecution team (former JAG Captain Art Bieber) and his assistant (non-PS) Timothy Peters were over confident. They undervalued their hand, and under presented a rather dry "by the numbers" case.
On the other hand, the defense counsel (a very skilled and experienced attorney named Chase Smith) took a slow pace to his reaction to the prosecution proof.
As a result, the prosecution presented a boilerplate homicide case, in accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated blah blah blah.
The defense did nothing to deflect the horror presented by the testimony of the facts surrounding the shooting. THEN, when it was time for the defense proof, the Defendant took the stand and accepted full responsibility (while denying intentional murder) and expressing his own horror at what he had done.
The effect on the jury was remarkable, and the Defendant came across as well decorated combat Green Beret veteran who self medicated himself "out of his mind" and as I've said before "woke up horrified at what he had done."

As a result, the jury elected to hold him accountable only for the actions he undertook while "sober" and did not attribute to him the actions while he was under the influence. So what he did was engage in reckless behavior (by taking the ketamine, while aware of and disregarding the substantial risk that bad psychosis could result) with zero intent to harm anyone. That, under Tennessee law, is the textbook definition of Reckless Homicide and Reckless Endangerment. So that finding became their verdict.
COULD the DA have tried a more emotional case? Probably. Would it have made a difference? Probably.
The prosecution took the ice cold "just the facts, ma'am" trial tactic, which was quite legally correct, but then gave the emotional high ground to the defense.

As every SF soldier knows, you can be technically and tactically correct, but if you can't engage in cross cultural communications and win hearts and minds, you will lose the campaign.