There's been another delay in the court marital proceedings against a soldier from Fort Leonard Wood accused of killing the wife of a fellow soldier last October.

The trial of Spc. Jermaine Johnson for the death of Myria Silva was to begin on June 29th, but has been pushed back until at least August 27th.

Johnson’s arraignment was held March 6 at Fort Leonard Wood where he was also advised of his rights with regard to the court martial. During the arraignment Johnson did not enter a plea, which, under the military justice process, preserves his right to make any and all motions available to him.


Johnson, 26, was apprehended on Oct. 14 by the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command at Fort Leonard Wood in connection with the death of Silva, who authorities believe was killed on October 10, 2008.

Myria Silva, 23, was the spouse of Pfc. Benjamin Silva, who is assigned to the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade at Fort Leonard Wood and the mother of two little girls.

Charges against Spc. Jermaine Johnson include:
  • Uniform Code of Military Justice, Article 107 – Intent to deceive or provide false statements

  • UCMJ, Article 118 – Premeditated Murder

  • UCMJ, Article 125 – one specification of sodomy against Myria Silva
  • UCMJ, Article 128 – one specification of assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm against Myria Silva
  • UCMJ, Article 134 – one specification of adultery; one specification of kidnapping; and one specification of obstructing justice
    If convicted of all charges, the maximum punishment is life in prison without parole.

Johnson, an Army reservist with the 7223 Medical Support Detachment 10 from Mobile, Ala., was serving in Fort Leonard Wood’s General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital as a health care specialist at the time of his arrest.

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