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Two Sailors Charged With Shipmate’s Murder

August 13, 1987

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Two crewmen on the aircraft carrier USS Constellation are being held in a naval brig in the Philippines, pending courts-martial in the murder of a shipmate in the Arabian Sea, a Navy spokesman said.

Seamen Marc Charles Delevieleuse, 20, of Stockbridge, Ga., and Alejo Hernandez Jr., 20, of Rosharon, Texas, were transferred from the ship to the Subic Bay Naval Brig in the Philippines to await trial.

The two were charged Wednesday in the death of Airman Martin T. Sturdy, 21, of Chandler, Ariz. He was bludgeoned and stabbed and his body was believed to have been thrown overboard, Cmdr. Ron Wildermuth said.

″The initial investigation appears to indicate that he was hit over the head, stabbed and thrown overboard,″ Wildermuth said. ″It appears his assailants were attempting to rob him of the money that was on his person.″

A search for Sturdy’s body has been discontinued, Wildermuth said.

Delevieleuse and Hernandez are charged under the Uniform Code of Military Justice with murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery and murder.

A court martial could be held in San Diego, Hawaii or Subic Bay, he said.

The San Diego-based Constellation has about 5,000 men aboard.

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