Court-martial for soldier accused of assault

By the Associated Press | July 7, 2011 | 11:15 AM EDT

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — The Army is conducting a court-martial Thursday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, south of Seattle, for a soldier accused of crimes in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Darren Jones of Pomona, Calif., is accused of joining others in his unit in beating up a soldier who told authorities about drug use. Jones is charged with assault and impeding an investigation.

He's one of seven 5th Stryker Brigade soldiers accused of crimes while deployed in Afghanistan, including killing civilians.