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Airman charged with double murder

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFPN) -- An Airman here was formally charged July 8 with killing two people.

Senior Airman Andrew Paul Witt, an avionics technician with the 116th Air Control Wing, is charged with two counts of premeditated murder, covered under Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Senior Airman Andrew Schliepsiek and his wife, Jamie, were stabbed to death July 5.

The maximum sentence he faces is death.

Airman Witt was also charged with attempted murder, under Article 80 of the UCMJ, for a similar attack on Senior Airman Jason King the same day. Airman King is assigned to the 53rd Combat Communications Squadron; he is in stable condition at a local hospital.

These charges are based on evidence gathered in the course of Air Force investigations. In a military court-martial, the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The case now goes to Col. Greg Patterson, 78th Air Base Wing commander, for his decision on how the case should proceed.

Airman Witt entered the Air Force on Nov. 27, 2001. He has been assigned to the 116th ACW since Aug. 26, 2002.

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