Reservist Charged in Georgia Shooting Claims Trance

By: AP
By: AP

Fort McPherson (AP) -

Attorneys for a U.S. Army Reserve
soldier charged with the fatal shooting of his supervisor say he
was in a trancelike state from fasting to meet military weight

Sgt. Rashad Valmont's attorney William Cassara said Monday his
client was dehydrated and exhausted from sauna treatments, body
wraps and other efforts to meet "arbitrary" weight guidelines to
go to an advanced training course.

Cassara said Valmont was in "some sort of delirium" when he
shot and killed 47-year-old Master Sgt. Pedro Mercado in June at
the U.S. Army Reserve Center in nearby Fort Gillem.

Prosecutors say Valmont, who was charged with premeditated
murder, went into a downward spiral after he was denied his leave
for repeatedly showing up to work late.

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