Court-Martial Scheduled for March in Naval Academy Drug Case

This May 10, 2007 file photo shows the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. (Kathleen Lange, AP)
This May 10, 2007 file photo shows the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. (Kathleen Lange, AP)

The midshipman charged with dealing drugs at the Naval Academy will face a court-martial beginning with arraignment next week.

Midshipman second class Zachary Williams, who is on a leave of absence, will enter a plea Monday, the first step in the general court-martial he faces for using, possessing and distributing drugs.

A trial is scheduled for March.

The academy earlier this year recommended charges against Williams spanning locales and drug varieties. He faces more than a dozen drug-related counts stemming from use, possession and distribution of cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine and mushrooms at the Naval Academy; in Dover, Delaware; and in New York City.

Ketamine is an animal tranquilizer that produces a dream-like state when used by human beings.

After an Article 32 hearing, similar to a civilian grand jury investigation, Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Ted Carter agreed with a recommendation for court-martial, he said at an academy Board of Visitors meeting.

Eleven other midshipmen were either dismissed or disciplined after a Navy Criminal Investigation Service probe into drug use at the academy.

Carter said all disciplinary cases have concluded.

Williams, at the arraignment, could plead guilty, not guilty or accept a plea deal with government prosecutors.

He faces dismissal from the academy and more than 130 years in military prison.

This article is written by Danielle Ohl from The Capital, Annapolis, Md. and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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