The Army this week filed new criminal charges against a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier who was arrested 14 months ago in the stabbing death of another soldier in Lakewood.
Pvt. Jeremiah Hill, 24, now is accused of murder, premeditated murder and manslaughter under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Under military law, murder carries a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison.
Hill is accused of stabbing Spc. Tevin Geike, 20, in the chest in the early hours of Oct. 5, 2013. Geike was walking in Lakewood with two friends when Hill and four others reportedly confronted them.
Hill has been in custody since the week of Geike’s slaying awaiting a trial in Pierce County Superior Court. Last week, the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office agreed to transfer the case to the military court at JBLM.
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Hill now is in custody at JBLM’s Army jail.
Hill joined the Army in April 2013 and was assigned to JBLM’s 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. Geike was serving in JBLM’s 16th Combat Aviation Brigade. The soldiers reportedly did not know each other.