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Army charges Fort Campbell soldier in 2 deaths

July 11th, 2011 9:28 am by Staff Report

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

The U.S. Army said Saturday that a day earlier it had filed two charges of premeditated murder against Sgt. Brent Burke.

The Army's action comes less than two weeks after a central Kentucky judge 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 Rineyville in Hardin County. There have been two mistrials and two hung juries in the case. The prosecutor then sought to drop the charges.

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