Hearing held for RAFB Senior Airman accused of murder, now facing court martial

Hearing held for RAFB Senior Airman accused of murder, now facing court martial

A hearing for Senior Airman Charles Wilson III was held to determine if there is enough evidence for a court martial.
WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Robins Air Force Base airman is facing court martial after he was arrested for murder.

Senior Airman Charles Amos Wilson III, 26, was questioned during a hearing inside a Houston County courtroom Tuesday.

The hearing is known as an “Article 32 pretrial investigation.”

“It is similar to a preliminary hearing or a grand jury, in the civilian justice system, but unlike the civilian justice system, the accused and his attorneys are able to attend, present evidence and cross-examine witnesses,” said David Donato, a Robins Air Force Base (RAFB) spokesperson. “The purpose is to determine whether there is enough evidence to warrant a general court-martial.”

Wilson is accused of killing Tameda Ferguson. Ferguson was eight and a half months pregnant at the time of her death, on August 29, 2013, Donato said.

He was arrested on August 31, 2013, by the Tift County Sheriff's Office. The U.S. Air Force requested the State of Georgia waive jurisdiction over the charges, according to the RAFB spokesperson.

“So, that action could proceed under the Uniform Code of Military Justice,” said Donato.

Wilson is charged with premeditated murder, the death of an unborn child, and obstruction of justice.

“Air Force authorities took custody of Senior Airman Wilson on Nov. 12, 2013,” continued Donato. “Formal charges under Uniform Code of Military Justice were brought on Dec. 31, 2013.”

In October 2011, Wilson allegedly conspired with Demetrius Hardy and Infini Hardy to burn down a Houston County house Wilson was renting. Demetrius Hardy died from injuries sustained while burning down the home.

“Wilson is also charged with committing murder while in the perpetration of aggravated arson, aggravated arson, conspiracy and burning with intent to defraud, based on misconduct,” added Donato.

In July 2012, Wilson is accused of assaulting a female air force service member. In that case, he is charged with assault, intentional discharged of a firearm and communicating a threat.

“The Houston County District Attorney granted the Air Force jurisdiction over these charges in December 2013,” explained Donato.

Wilson has served in the Air Force for eight years.

Donato said the Air Force is keeping Tameda Ferguson's family informed about Wilson's court proceedings.

“The Victim and Witness Assistance Program and the VWAP Coordinators are staying in touch with the victim's family,” continued Donato. “Updates on the status of the court martial are routinely given to the family. A VWAP Coordinator was present during the Article 32 pretrial investigation hearing to provide support and answer any questions the victim's family had.”

Wilson was being housed at Houston County Jail on Tuesday for the hearing. He is scheduled to return to Charleston Air Force Base confinement facility to await the next stage of the court proceeding, according to Donato.
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