LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) -The lawyer for a Kentucky sailor accused of setting a fireplace on a Navy ship claims his customer is harmless. Seaman Ryan Sawyer Mays is from the Ashland place. He was charged more than the summer season for the July 2020 fireplace of the USS Bonhomme Richard.
The hearth, which burned for times, is marked as a person of the worst non-beat warship disasters in the latest memory and the vessel had to be scrapped. More than 60 sailors and civilians were being injured.
Very last week it was described that Mays will now facial area a courtroom martial for arson.
“He’s adamant he didn’t do what he’s billed with,” stated lawyer Gary Barthel.
In a WKYT exceptional job interview, Barthel spelled out his client’s facet of the story, something he suggests hasn’t been rather portrayed. Family members arrived at out to WKYT’s Chad Hedrick on the lookout to share Mays’ aspect of the tale.
“I think that the way that the way the case has been portrayed and info that has been furnished to the public has not been accurate,” Barthel claimed. “It hasn’t painted him in a fantastic light-weight. It hasn’t been a reasonable portrayal.”
Prosecutors say Mays established the fireplace because he was disgruntled immediately after dropping out of Navy SEAL teaching. Barthel promises there is no bodily proof connecting him to the blaze. He suggests prosecutors are banking their case on the testimony of a witness who claims they observed Mays all around where the hearth commenced.
“He never ever reported seeing any one on the day of the fireplace go down there. It was numerous times afterwards when he stated he noticed any individual go down there, but he didn’t understand who it was. Still, he is aware Mays.”
Barthel claims the witness lacks trustworthiness mainly because it is regarded that he did not like Mays.
A different witness states Mays designed a seeming confession to igniting it.
In December, Sailor Carissa Tubman testified Mays mumbled “I’m responsible, I guess. I did it,” as he was getting led to the brig in August 2020.
Barthel says his shopper was getting sarcastic as he was wrongfully taken into custody.
“Throughout that interview, he denied any participation in placing a hearth on the ship, and has continually denied that. Following NCIS and ATF were being done interrogating him, they turned him around to the command. The command evidently designed the choice that they ended up likely to place him in the brig in pre-trial confinement. Mays was not informed of that.”
Barthel states that tale has also been inconsistent, and when they go just before a court docket martial in the coming times, they appear ahead to proving Mays is innocent. He cites wherever dozens of Navy officers, like quite a few admirals, have faced disciplinary motion for failures that investigators claimed prevented the blaze from getting put out sooner. He went on to say he would argue there is a lot more proof that the hearth was started out since of carelessness and the inappropriate storage of lithium batteries near to crates of hand sanitizer.
Mays is nonetheless an lively member of the Navy. His legal professional suggests he reports for duty each individual day.
Barthel states his customer faces up to existence in jail if he is convicted.
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