February 5th, 2010, 06:09
Quantico investigates brig suicide
A Marine captain awaiting a court-martial for defrauding the government was found dead from an apparent suicide Sunday in the Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., brig, base officials said.Capt. Michael A. Webb, 46, was assigned to Marine Manpower and Reserve Affairs before he was confined in August. He was assigned to Quantico’s Headquarters and Service Battalion at the time of his death, which is under investigation.Webb was accused of defrauding the government of pay, allowances and entitlements, and charged with fraud, fraud against the government, larceny, and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.His general court-martial was scheduled for Feb. 17.It is unclear if Webb admitted to any of the charges against him and Marine officials are not releasing additional details until the investigation is complete.Webb was found dead in the brig at 7:21 a.m. Sunday after he failed to show up to reveille. He was not confined under any special circumstances, and it does not appear he had threatened suicide in the past, Lt. Col. Roger Galbraith said.Officials declined to say how Webb appears to have killed himself.Webb was commissioned in the Corps in July 2005 and was promoted to captain just two years later. He never deployed, but had enlisted previously in the Army and the Navy, Galbraith said.
February 5th, 2010 06:09