Fight brews over witness in McKinney case
December 10, 1997
Web posted at: 11:09 p.m. EST (0409 GMT)
FORT BELVOIR, Virginia (CNN) -- A pre-trial hearing in the case of former Army Sgt. Major Gene McKinney got bogged down in an acrimonious debate Wednesday over whether the location of a witness, who is in the Army's witness protection program, should be disclosed to the defense.
McKinney's trial on 20 charges of assaulting of female soldiers, adultery and obstruction of justice is scheduled to start in January.
The defense has asked the court to disclose the location of the protected witness so it can interview her, her commander and co-workers in the environment where she works. But the government argued the court should not do so because of sensitive national security matters at her location and because it does not trust the defense to maintain the secrecy of her location.