Lejeune IDs NCO killed on base

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — A Camp Lejeune Marine accused late last week of killing a noncommissioned officer is now in the base brig after spending several hours in a local hospital being treated for self-inflicted wounds, Marine officials said Monday.

Charges are pending against Pvt. Jonathan Law, 21, in the death Friday morning of Cpl. Joshua E. Hartzell, 22, according to a Marine news release.

Officials have not said how Hartzell died, confirming only that he was not shot. His body was found in the woods near Lejeune’s French Creek area.

Initially, Marine officials said the victim had been stabbed but later retracted that information.

Hartzell, of Hamilton, Ohio, was an electro-optical ordnance repairer with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Marine officials said. He enlisted in September 2006.

Law, of Clark County, Nev., is a supply administration clerk with 2nd Supply Battalion. He was taken to the brig Saturday night from Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, N.C., officials said. They have not disclosed the nature of his wounds.

Law joined the Corps in August 2006 and served a seven-month tour in Iraq beginning in August 2007.

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