Murder Case Defendant Buried With Honors At Camp Nelson

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A World War II veteran who died while
being tried on a murder charge has been given a full military

Jack Caldwell Sr. died of natural causes on Dec. 31. His
declining health caused a judge in Danville to halt Caldwell's
trial on a charge that he fatally shot his next-door neighbor Jim
Trachsel in 2004.

Caldwell remained unburied for nearly a month as the director of
the Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County and
Caldwell's argued the man wasn't eligible for burial at the

Caldwell's attorney says the man was buried on Saturday at Camp
Nelson as part of a full military service, which included an honor

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Gale Location: Lancaster on Jan 29, 2008 at 11:28 AM
    This should have never happened. He was gulity. He shot a man 5 times. This is a slap in the faces of our Brave Men & Women who are buried at Camp Nelson.I hope the Trachsel family sue the Caldwell estate for everything they got in a wrongful death suit.
  • by Wow Location: RIchmond on Jan 28, 2008 at 11:40 PM
    If accusations where all thats needed to void military funerals we'd be digging up alot of officers and generals!
  • by Ann Location: KY on Jan 28, 2008 at 12:52 PM
    This seems like a slap in the face to the family of the man he murdered. In my opinion there wasn't anything honorable about this man so why was he buried with military honors?
  • by kj Location: london on Jan 28, 2008 at 12:28 PM
    it amaze's me at the power of the media, has i think he lost his right to be buried there when he shot his neboir to death in cold blood and yes i am a veteran you can say what u want but because he did'nt live long enough to be found guilty a lot of people are going to say but he was guilty as sin should off been thrown in the river some where.
  • by TJ Location: Winchester on Jan 28, 2008 at 08:19 AM
    I think he deserved it, in this country we are suppose to be innocent until proven guilty and obviously this man passed away before he was proven guilty, I think this was fair, and the right thing for the family
  • by Sarah Stinnett Location: Nicholasville on Jan 28, 2008 at 07:07 AM
    Mr. Caldwell was not convicted of the crime he was accused of doing. He was a veteran and deserved the honor of being buried at Camp Nelson.
  • by lexgirl Location: lexington on Jan 28, 2008 at 06:53 AM
    What a disgrace to the other honorable veterans that are buried there. While he did serve his country, he certainly did NOT deserve the honor to be buried with those that did NOT disgrace themselves with such a reprehensible deed. He avoids conviction by dying and then gets full military honors at burial. Where is the justice for his murdered neighbor's widow? As long as he & his family get what they want, we can ignore his last actions in life? Shame on Caldwell & his relatives that fought for his "rights".
  • by CC Location: Lex on Jan 28, 2008 at 05:54 AM
    This was really a no-brainer imo.Glad he is finally laid to rest where he should be.


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