US Army: 8 charged in fellow soldier's death

By the Associated Press | December 21, 2011 | 10:06 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. Army says that eight American soldiers have been charged in connection with the Oct. 3 death of a fellow soldier in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province.

In a statement Wednesday, it says Pvt. Danny Chen, a 19-year-old from New York, N.Y., was found in a guard tower at Combat Outpost Palace with what the Army described as "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound."

Chen was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

The military said the eight soldiers from Chen's company face charges including dereliction of duty, assault, negligent homicide and involuntary manslaughter. It did not provide further details.