The attorney for a sailor who has been a focus of the investigation of the blast aboard the USS Iowa said Friday the Navy has completed its investigation andcleared his client in connection with a possible murder plot.
A six-man board of inquiry headed by Rear Adm. Richard Milligan has been looking into the April 19 explosion and investigators have reportedly found no specific cause.Gunner's Mate Kendall Truitt had been linked by news leaks to a possible murder-suicide plot involving another sailor, Clayton Hartwig, who died in the explosion, which killed 47 sailors. Hartwig named Truitt as the beneficiary of a $100,000 insurance policy.
Truitt's lawyer, Ellis Rubin, said he now has "a lot of information" about the Navy's investigation.
"(Rear) Admiral Milligan's report has been submitted to the (chief of naval operations) and I think it clears Truitt officially," Rubin said. He declined further comment, saying he would hold a press conference in Washington to discuss the Navy investigation.
A Navy spokeswoman in Washington would not confirm the investigation was complete and declined to comment on reports that Truitt had been cleared.