Suspect Identified in Fatal Stabbing at Camp Pendleton

Camp Pendleton, Calif., sign. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Camp Pendleton, Calif., sign. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

CAMP PENDLETON -- Marine Private First Class Raymond W. Begay appeared before a preliminary hearing officer Thursday, March 22, who will recommend the level of court martial he may face in the stabbing death of Pfc. Ethan Andrew Barclay-Weberpal at the base's School of Infantry.

Begay's name had been withheld until Thursday.

The stabbing occurred Tuesday, Jan. 16, leaving Barclay-Weberpal, 18, dead at the scene, according to Capt. Joshua Pena, from the U.S. Marine Corps Training Command in Quantico, Va. First responders were called to Area 52 near the north end of the base at 7:45 a.m. Jan. 16 after reports of an injured person.

Barclay-Weberpal, of Janesville, Wis., was assigned to Lima Company, Headquarters and Services Battalion at SOI-West. He had enlisted in the Marine Corps in July and was awarded the National Defense Ribbon.

Begay has been in jail on base in connection with the stabbing while officials from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service have been investigating the death.

After being presented with evidence against Begay, the hearing officer will make a recommendation to the convening authority as to what level of court martial should be implemented and whether the charges should remain as they are.

Begay's father and grandfather attended the hearing Thursday. 

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