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ROTC Instructor Charged With Murder

July 15, 1993

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) _ An ROTC instructor has been charged with murder in the shooting death of an officer who reportedly was killed after refusing to dance with a man.

Sgt. 1st Class Ervin Graves, 35, was charged with premeditated murder, the most serious offense under Army law. He was being held in pretrial confinement at Camp Lejeune after appearing at a hearing Monday, said Sgt. 1st Class Skip Richey, spokesman for the Airborne Corps.

Second Lt. Lisa N. Bryant, 21, the daughter of a retired Army colonel and the niece of a two-star general, was shot Saturday at a temporary residence hall at Fort Bragg, said Army spokeswoman Lisa Williamson. She was assigned to the Army base July 6.

Richey said post officials could not provide details of the incident pending the trial. But sources quoted in a New Jersey newspaper said the shooting occurred after Ms. Bryant refused to dance with a man at a bar frequented by officers and located near her dormitory.

Witnesses told The Trentonian that Ms. Bryant went to a pay phone to call her boyfriend but hung up after the man harassed her. The witnesses said the man followed Ms. Bryant down a hallway and shot her twice in the head and twice in the chest.

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