We wondered why it was being tried in the military. Further information has emerged. According to this report by WMAZ, the Air Force's assertion of jurisdiction comes because there were civilian charges in two counties, the Air Force can try all the charges at once, and the family of a victim prefers that SrA Wilson be tried by the military:
"In this case, Wilson was facing civilian charges in multiple counties — Terrell and Houston counties — in Georgia," said David Donato, a Robins [Air Force Base] spokesman. "A court-martial is able to resolve all of the charges against the accused, no matter where they allegedly occurred. Additionally, the family of Ms. Ferguson supported the Air Force taking jurisdiction of the murder charges," Donato said in an email.Was there no way to try all the charges in a single civilian trial? (Help us on this, readers in Georgia.) Are administrative convenience and the druthers of a victim's family reason to deny a member of the service the full protection of the Bill of Rights?