SAN DIEGO- An expert witness summoned by the prosecution at the Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher hearing, told the court Monday that there is no physical or photographic evidence to prove that a stabbing occurred at the death of an ISIS prisoner in 2017.  Dr. Frank Sheridan, a forensic pathologist, told a naval accuser earlier that the alleged victim's injuries were consistent with a shock, but later – when Gallagher's lawyer was questioned – seemed to have doubts about his previous comments.
"There is no evidence whatsoever that a stabbing occurred," said May Nelson Candelario, a marine defense lawyer representing Gallagher.
"That's true," Sheridan replied.
"As far as you can see, there is no blood on his hands?" Candelario asked and showed a picture of Gallagher on stage. "As far as I can see," the pathologist said.
"Your testimony is based on possibilities and maybes," Candelario said, pointing out that there was no autopsy or physical evidence.
Gallagher's trial has drawn national attention and even a response from President Trump.
Its most dramatic moment came last week when a SEAL Team Seven medic signed an immunity agreement ̵
Gallagher, 39, earned nine months in prison awaiting trial in the fatal stabbing of the 15-year-old ISIS fighter in Iraq. He has also been accused of shooting two civilians in the same year and opening fire on crowds, all claims he has denied.
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Investigators claim that while the teen received medical treatment from SEAL medics, Gallagher went up and stuck him in the neck and then with a knife and killed him . Then they say he photographed the fighter's body and held his head in one hand and his knife in the other.
These allegations have been questioned by the supreme Iraqi military officials.
In a tense exchange later in the day, Gallagher's defense attorney attacked an agent from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service to "drag" Gallagher's children-8 and 18 at that time – to the street during a raid by Gallagher's home in 2018.
"They were taken out of the house in their underwear," lawyer Timothy Parlatore charged. "Yes, sir," said NCIS Special Agent James Frank. The agent quoted "standard protocol" and explained that investigators were clearing a house before they searched.
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The trial resumes on Tuesday with the leading NCIS investigator at the stand. Special Agent Joseph Warpinski monitors the investigation of the alleged stabbing and has been accused of neglecting defense lawyers.
"This is the guy who set his own career ambition ahead of his sworn service as law enforcement officer," Parlatore told reporters after court on Friday. "He'll have to answer many of the mistakes he's made over the last two years."