Court martial told that accused admitted firing shot that killed soldier in tent

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SYDNEY, N.S. - A friend of a Canadian soldier who was shot and killed by a colleague in Afghanistan told a military court Tuesday that Cpl. Matthew Wilcox admitted to the shooting moments afterwards.
Cpl. Steven Andrews testified he was in a tent on the Kandahar Airfield on March 6, 2007, when he heard a loud popping sound followed seconds later by screams of, 'oh my God, oh my God,' from Wilcox on the other side of the partitioned structure.
Andrews testified that he pushed the wall of the tent outward to peek around the plywood divider.
"When I peered in I saw Cpl. Wilcox by his bunk standing there with a stunned look on his face. When I looked further I could see Cpl. Megeney on the ground with a gunshot wound on his right side."
Andrews recalled that Wilcox was badly shaken and crying after Cpl. Kevin Megeney was rushed to hospital.
He said Wilcox admitted to shooting Megeney.
"He did this by saying, `I shot him,"' Andrews told the court.
Andrews, a seven-year member of the Canadian Forces, said many of the small details of that night escape him because he was focused solely on performing first aid on his friend.
Wilcox, 23, of Glace Bay, N.S., is on trial on charges of manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death and negligent performance of duty in the March 2007 death of Megeney, 25, of Stellarton, N.S.

Organizations: Canadian Forces

Geographic location: SYDNEY, Afghanistan, Glace Bay Stellarton

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