Army charges Fort Campbell soldier in 2 deaths

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — A jailed Fort Campbell soldier is facing military charges in the 2007 slayings of his estranged wife and her former mother-in-law.

The U.S. Army said Saturday it had brought premeditated-murder charges against Sgt. Brent Burke.

The Army’s action comes after a central Kentucky judge last month dismissed murder charges against Burke in the shooting deaths, but left the door open for charges to be brought back.

Burke has been tried four times in the September, 2007 shooting deaths of his estranged wife, Tracy Burke, and her former mother-in-law, Karen Comer, in Hardin County. There have been two mistrials and two hung juries in the case.

Burke was in pre-trial civilian confinement. He will face an Article 32 investigation, which determines whether there is enough evidence for him to face a court martial or other disciplinary action.

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