Christopher Tur, 42, was a civilian contractor at U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay. His body was found in the bay on Jan. 11, 2015.
His cause of death was listed as a drowning, however, the autopsy revealed he had suffered broken ribs with associated soft tissue damage, as well as multiple lacerations to his head and face prior to his death. Former Naval Base Guantanamo Bay Commander John Nettleton was relieved of his command two weeks later due to suspicions about he was having an affair with Tur’s wife.
Inquiry found that there was a fight between Nettleton and Tur, whose body was found two days later. In January 2020, the court found Nettleton guilty on charges of obstruction of justice, falsifying records, making false statements and concealing material facts, in connection with the investigation surrounding Tur’s death. Nettleton was sentenced in October 2020 to two years in federal prison. However, Nettleton was not charged with manslaughter.
In March 2021 Tur’s family sued US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay and John Nettleton. In August 2021 the family sent letters to Secretary of the Navy as well as Pennsylvania Senators and called for Nettleton’s ouster from the Navy before he is able to retire and collect a military pension.
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“Following Tur’s killing, Nettleton then cleaned up and destroyed as much physical evidence as possible inside his house,” the lawsuit says. “Nettleton also attempted to sell his boat which was docked at the pier the night Tur disappeared, and the boat was also extensively cleaned.”
“He was charged with low-hanging fruit, obstruction of justice, misstatement of facts; really weak claims,” said attorney representing Tur’s family. “But the fact that he was never charged with killing Christopher Tur means that he got away with it. The family can’t stand to know that.”
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