Airman 1st Class Isaiah Edwards has been identified as the suspect in the March murder of a fellow airman at Andersen Air Force Base, according to a Thursday release from the Barksdale AFB public affairs office in Louisiana.
The release states that Col. Ty Neuman, 2nd Bomb Wing commander, “directed a preliminary hearing” at which Edwards was formally "charged with the murder of Airman 1st Class Bradley Hale."
The preliminary hearing took place on May 11 at Barksdale Air Force Base outside Shreveport Louisiana.
The release states that Col. Neuman “will review the preliminary hearing officer’s report from the hearing and determine the next step in the trial process.”
20-year-old Airman 1st Class Bradley G. Hale was found dead in his quarters around 3 am on the morning of March 27. Andersen AFB Security Forces found his body and called in agents from the Office of Special Investigations.
Linda Card, chief of public affairs at the Air Force Office of Special Investigations said in an earlier statement that the investigators "saw a lot of blood at the scene, and what appeared to be a stab wound on the victim."
Both Edwards and the victim were stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base, but they were temporarily deployed to Guam when Hale was killed in a knife attack while in his quarters.
Hale and Edwards were assigned to the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron as electronic warfare journeymen.
Airmen from Barksdale are temporarily deployed to Guam as part of the Air Force's rotation of bomber aircraft presence on the island.
An autopsy on Hale was performed on Guam at Naval hospital by an Air Force forensic pathologist flown here from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan.
Dr. Aurelio Espinola, Guam's chief medical examiner, said the autopsy revealed that Hale's neck had been slashed three times.
Hale had been in the Air Force for two years. He was originally from Montgomery, Texas.