Airman 1st Class Isaiah Edwards testified at his court-martial Monday that he killed his roommate, A1C Bradley Hale, after Hale grabbed a knife during a fight, the Shreveport Times reported.
Edwards said a fight broke out between he and Hale in their room at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, early in the morning of March 27 last year, the newspaper reported Monday. Edwards testified that the fight escalated and Hale grabbed Edwards' knife. Edwards said he was afraid Hale would kill him, took the knife from him, and stabbed him in the neck three times. Hale also sustained cuts on his hand consistent with defensive wounds.
Other airmen who worked with Edwards testified Friday that he repeatedly brought nunchucks to work, and sometimes practiced with them, the Times reported, though nobody saw him threaten anyone with them.
Colleagues also testified that about a month and a half before the killing, Edwards, Hale and other airmen engaged in a conversation about whether they could kill someone, the Times reported. Edwards reportedly said he could, the airmen testified, though those kinds of hypothetical conversations regularly took place between the airmen during slow periods.
Stephen Losey is the air warfare reporter for Defense News. He previously covered leadership and personnel issues at Air Force Times, and the Pentagon, special operations and air warfare at Military.com. He has traveled to the Middle East to cover U.S. Air Force operations.