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At a prelimary hearing Wednesday in California, military prosecutors argued that U.S. Coast Guard Seaman Ethan Tucker, 21, "choked out" and punched Seaman Ethan Kelch, 19, during a fatal night of heavy drinking in Unalaska last winter.

That's according to a report by the San Diego Union-Tribune's Andrew Dyer, who covered the hearing at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

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The U.S. Coast Guard is holding a preliminary hearing Wednesday for a seaman charged with killing his Cutter Douglas Munro shipmate in Unalaska last winter. 


The hearing's purpose is to determine whether there's probable cause that Seaman Ethan Tucker, 21, of Ludington, MI, struck and strangled Seaman Ethan Kelch, 19, of Virginia Beach, VA, before leaving his body in waters near the port.


United States Coast Guard

Facing court-martial for murder, U.S. Coast Guard seaman Ethan Tucker has been ordered to stay in confinement at a military prison while he awaits his next hearing. 

The 21-year-old was charged last month with killing his shipmate Ethan Kelch, 19, while the Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro was in Unalaska in January

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Seven months after a U.S. Coast Guard seaman was found dead in Unalaska, a fellow member has been charged with his murder.

Seaman Ethan Tucker, 21, of Ludington, MI, was charged Wednesday with killing Ethan Kelch, 19, another seaman stationed on the Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro.

United States Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard has completed its investigation into the January death of a crew member of the Cutter Douglas Munro.

Seaman Ethan Kelch, 19, died in Unalaska while the vessel was in port for repairs. The Virginia man went missing while off-duty and was found unresponsive on "the west side of Amaknak Island."