Army Refuses Comment on Sex-Related Hate Motive
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network Issues Reports
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Pfc. Glover's barracks mate, 25-year old Spec. Justin Fisher of Lincoln, Nebraska, has also been charged in Winchell's killing.
Serious concerns have been raised about the likelihood the alleged murder was an anti-gay hate crime. Some soldiers, according to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, fear to come forward to tell what they know because of "Don't ask, Don't tell" regulations.
Pfc. Ryan Futch, who guarded Pfc. Glover after he'd been jailed, and who served in his unit, testified that during that time he heard Glover express prejudices against blacks and homosexuals.
Soldiers who knew Pfc. Barry Winchell, however, indicate that there was, indeed, talk that he was gay.
This may have been fueled by his visit to one of Nashville's gay bars, The Connection, where he met Calpernia Addams, a female impersonator with whom he had become involved.
According to Addams' account of the first time they met, Spec. Justin Fisher and Pfc. Winchell got into a disagreement over who would date him. Though nothing happened between Winchell and Addams that first night, they made plans to meet the next day. Addams did not know Pfc. Glover and consequently has said nothing about him.
Fisher never returned to The Connection. Winchell is said to have told Addams, that it was because of his jealousy.
Addams told reporters that Winchell had just begun to feel comfortable in an all-gay surrounding. Their affair, reportedly, had begun four months ago.
Army spokespersons indicated that they are still undecided as to how to proceed in this case. There has been talk of a Court Marshal.
In late July a memorial service for Pfc. Winchell was held by Nashville's LGBT community.