Private charged in death of girl, 16, at Lewis

FORT LEWIS, Wash. — The Army says a 19-year-old soldier has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 16-year-old girl at a Fort Lewis barracks.

At a news conference Tuesday, the Army also announced that Pvt. Timothy E. Bennitt of Rolling Prairie, Ind., also has been charged with wrongful use and distribution of controlled substances and conspiracy to use controlled substances. He is a heavy equipment operator assigned to the 555th Engineer Brigade.

Leah King was found dead early Feb. 15, and another 16-year-old girl was found unconscious and eventually recovered.

The Army says King died after inhaling antidepressant and painkilling pills that had been crushed into a powder.

See also: Girl, 16, found dead in Fort Lewis barracks


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