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Marine told platoon members to "chill out" during alleged hazing of Marine who killed self
KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) ' A Hawaii-based Marine says he told a fellow platoon member to "chill out" after he slapped another Marine as punishment for falling asleep while on watch duty in Afghanistan.
The Marine who was slapped, Lance Cpl. Harry Lew, committed suicide hours later.
Lance Cpl. Michael Morris spoke at a military hearing held Thursday to determine if there is enough evidence to hold a court martial for three Marines accused of hazing Lew that evening.
Morris testified he told Lance Cpl. Jacob D. Jacoby to "chill out man" after he saw Jacoby slap Lew on the back of his Kevlar helmet.
Morris says he became "pissed off" after seeing Lance Cpl. Carlos Orozco III pour sand into Lew's face.
Sgt. Benjamin E. Johns is also accused of participating in the hazing.