Family of Fort Carson Soldier Seeks Action after His Suicide

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) A soldier facing a rape charge told his family that he didn't commit the crime and was taking the blame for somebody else shortly before he jumped to his death.

Private Tommie Edward Jones jumped off an interstate overpass to his death March 25th outside an entrance to Fort Carson near Colorado Springs.

Fort Carson spokesman Major Sean Ryan says Jones was scheduled for a hearing that day.

His family in Alabama says Jones suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome after returning from combat in Iraq last year.

Jones had faced charges of rape, sodomy, and several other allegations. The alleged crimes happened in February 2007.

His mother, Dorothy screws, says she'll push for a law requiring soldiers to undergo some type of psychological therapy after they return from intense combat.

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