Family Of Murder Suspect Fighting For Burial In Veteran's Cemetery

A hearing was held Tuesday morning to figure out whether a Boyle County man, charged with murdering his neighbor, can be buried in a veteran's cemetery.

82-year-old Jack Caldwell served in the military and wanted to buried at Camp Nelson Cemetery in Jessamine County, next to his wife.

However, a federal statute prohibits the burial of veterans charged with a capital crime.

Therefore, officials at Camp Nelson denied Caldwell's family's request to bury him there after his death.

Caldwell was never convicted of his neighbor's death. He died during the trial.


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  • by Steve Location: bluegrass on Jan 18, 2008 at 09:04 AM
    Ezekial, you're half right,(edited). Partial birth abortion is murder. War isn't. Do you think those who fought in WWII are guilty of murder? If not for war, you'd have no freedom whatsoever. I'm disappointed w/ Iraq, much as I was with Vietnam, but it isn't murder!!! This man should not be buried in a national cemetery...allowing it would be wrong. It's clear he killed a good man, regardless of his state of mind. He never even said he was sorry! Even if he did, that doesn't change the consequences, one of which is losing this privilege. He may have served his country, as did I, but that certainly didn't give him any right to gun down a neighbor over a few blades of grass.
  • by Ezekial on Jan 18, 2008 at 05:28 AM
    We might as well let this guy be buried in a vet's graveyard. Everyone else buried there probably killed innocent people just as well as this man. War is murder same as abortion, no difference
  • by Veteran Location: Georgetown on Jan 17, 2008 at 07:10 PM
    As a veteran of overseas wartime service, I understand the guidelines for burial. Understanding those guidelines, Camp Nelson has every right to keep him out. I do not want to be buried next to him. He has tarnished and soiled the standards that soldiers are supposed to hold themselves to. Don't give me that crap that he is now a civilian. Once a soldier or Marine always a soldier or Marine. You serve until the day you die. Maybe not on the battlefield but in other capacities.
  • by Lookin Location: Golf Course on Jan 17, 2008 at 05:41 PM
    O J was not convicted either, but we all know that he partilly sawed off his ex wifes head with a swiss army knife.
  • by Well Well Well on Jan 17, 2008 at 07:05 AM
    Seems we have Federal laws that say we aren't supposed to give jobs to illegal immigrants and they should be deported but those aren't enforced. What's the big deal? Bury the guy where he was supposed to be buried. He's a decorated veteran and at least deserves that. If we are going to give billions of dollars in aid to illegals, give this guy his due. It doesn't have to be a full fledged military funeral, just let him be buried there.
  • by Cindy Location: Somerset on Jan 16, 2008 at 09:52 PM
    I guess it is not innocent until proven guilty here in this state.
  • by TLR Location: Versailles on Jan 16, 2008 at 08:07 AM
    As Mr. Caldwell was NOT convicted, he could be eligible to be buried in a National Cemetery, or if he is not eligible, it is not because he was "charged". It clearly states "Person Found Guilty of a Capital Crime". It does go on to say "Federal officials are authorized to deny burial in veterans cemeteries to persons who are shown by clear and convincing evidence to have committed a Federal or State capital crime but were not convicted of such crime because of flight to avoid prosecution or by death prior to trial."
  • by RL Location: Danville on Jan 16, 2008 at 02:45 AM
    It's a fact. Mtr. Chaldwell's trial didn't get finished. If, I understand the NATIONAL CEMETERY RULE; 'CHARGED' is the word one has to consider. If, the system allows him to be buried there,,,it's a slap in the face for all others that didn't get to bury their veteran there. SORRY!
  • by Evelyn Location: Lexington on Jan 16, 2008 at 01:02 AM
    Unless Mr Caldwell, is getting different treatment than others, 'he would be buried above his wife not beside her'. My husband is already there and my vault is ontop of his waiting for me, so who ever goes first goes on bottom. So I say remove Mrs Calwell and let them be buried beside each other somewhere else, at families expense.
  • by Joe Location: Stanton on Jan 15, 2008 at 09:25 PM
    GOD is Judge. That might be why the man died before the trial could be complete. Just be happy that he is in front of GOD to be judged. I wish the person that killed my daughter was in front of GOD right now. Hate gets you no where. Let GOD take care of it. Jack's family should have him cremated and spread his ashes beside his wife. I am sure Jack don't give a (edited) where he is buried. Its only hurting the family by not letting him be burried their not him. They had no part in the shooting. Noone on earth is perfect we are each sinners in our own way. One thing is for sure GOD will always be JUDGE!
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