MCAS Yuma Marine Appears in Military Court for Murder

SAN DIEGO, Calif.- Lance Corporal Jared Cardwell, the Yuma Marine accused of murdering his 22-month old step daughter appeared in a courtroom at MCAS Miramar Monday. During the arraignment the military judge convened the general court martial and Cardwell was formally charged. The marine is facing four charges, three for the murder and one for negligence for failing to seek medical attention.

1st Lt. Gabriel Adibe with MCAS Miramar says “Upon the recommendation of the preliminary hearing officer, the CG referred the previously preferred charges of Article 118 (unpremeditated murder) and Article 119 (involuntary manslaughter), as well as two additional charges of Article 118 (premeditated murder) and Article 118 (murder while committing an inherently dangerous act).”

His step daughter Celine Matus was found unresponsive on base on May 19th, Cardwell was arrested three day later.

Cardwell is back in court following an October 9th preliminary hearing in which the Preliminary Hearing Officer determined there was enough evidence to move the case forward to a court martial. During that trial it was determined Celine died of blunt force trauma to the head, the toddler also had chemical burns on her face.

Cardwell had the option to choose to be tried by a military judge or by court martial otherwise known as a military trial and chose to be court martialed. The arraignment judge set his trial date for September 2016. He has not entered a plea.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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