LAKE CHARLES, LA. — A 28-yar-old Army veteran has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2010 slaying of a soldier at Fort Polk.
The Town Talk reports that Marcus Patterson Carey also pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted murder in an attack on a second soldier at the Army base in Vernon Parish.
Carey entered the pleas in front of U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi in federal court. The judge set sentencing for Sept. 19.
According to court records, Carey served in the Army from August 2005 until August 2009. His last duty station was Fort Polk. Upon his discharge, officials said, Carey continued to stay at the post.
Carey and soldier Howard Wayne Alley were staying at the Fort Polk apartment of Byron Whitcomb of Whitefish, Mont., on the morning of June 19, 2010, officials said.
According to court papers, Whitcomb and Alley were sleeping in the living room, Whitcomb on a sectional sofa and Alley on an air mattress. Officials said Carey woke up, retrieved a hammer from the laundry room and some knives from the kitchen and began attacking Whitcomb, striking him in the head with the hammer and stabbing him numerous times. Whitcomb bled to death, according to court records.
Carey also attacked Alley, hitting him with the hammer and stabbing him several times, court records show. Alley was able to escape to a neighbor’s apartment.