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closing arguments began in a San Diego court Monday in the war crimes trial of this navy seal platoon leader combat veteran Edward Gallagher is charged with murdering a helpless the rocky captive in his custody and shooting unarmed civilians Gallagher has denied all charges he insists that disgruntled subordinates have lied because of grievances with his leadership style and combat tactics his wife Andrea has shared that sentiment time and time again every one of these witnesses that come up it's inconsistencies it lies half truths and cover up Gallagher's court martial took a dramatic turn when a navy seal medic testified that he not Gallagher because the death of the young Iraqi in what the witness described as a mercy killing prosecutors accuse the medic of changing his story under oath and raise the possibility of charging him with perjury the case has caught the attention of president trump who has said he has been considering pardons for a number of military personnel accused of war crimes Gallagher faces life in prison if convicted