Trial Date Set in Danny Chen Hazing, Suicide Case

Two soldiers were recommended for courts-martial following a pretrial hearing at Kandahar Air Field on Sunday.

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    Pvt. Chen who had been in Afghanistan for two months, was found dead with a gunshot wound below his chin on Oct. 3.

    The military has set a date for the first trial in the death of a young private who investigators say shot himself after weeks of hazing by soldiers in his unit in Afghanistan.   

    Army spokesman George Wright said Wednesday that Sgt. Travis Carden of Fowler, Ind., will go on trial April 4 in a U.S. military court in Afghanistan on charges including hazing, maltreatment and assault.

    Carden and seven others are charged in the October death of 19-year-old Pvt. Danny Chen, a New Yorker of Chinese descent who investigators say suffered physical abuse, humiliation and racial slurs before his apparent suicide.     

    Cases against the seven others are pending.