Army sergeant's hearing on court-martial delayed
June 20, 1997
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A preliminary hearing for Army Sgt. Maj. Gene McKinney has been postponed so that lawyers for McKinney and news organizations, including CNN, can argue the hearing should be open to media coverage. McKinney faces 18 charges of sexual misconduct involving four different women. He denies all the allegations.
The hearing, which was to determine whether there is enough evidence for the Army to court-martial McKinney, was to be closed to the public, sources said, as the military attempted to limit coverage and minimize adverse publicity. Arguments on keeping the hearing open will be held Monday afternoon in Washington.
Meanwhile, sources say the Army is still negotiating with McKinney's lawyer over his request to be allowed to retire without facing trial. McKinney submitted his retirement request May 27. The Army has yet to act on it.
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