He had spent a year serving with a combat engineer group providing Army operational support. She is raising the couple's son in Sheffield, Ohio. The Boers stormed Caesar's Camp, and it was here that James Pitts and his comrades held out without food or water for fifteen hours, under heavy fire all the time. Two years later he was on his way to the Cape, Pietermaritzburg first and then Ladysmith. James Pitts was a decorated soldier, part of the early ground offensive that stormed Baghdad. After downing more beer, he called Fort Lewis command from the bowling alley and said he had killed his wife.
The Army sergeant, promoted to squad leader in Iraq, had been back three months when he killed his wife, Tara Pitts, 28, mother of his 9-year-old son, in April 2004. And then I kept crawling south and I didn't see anybody in the Crow's Nest, nobody was in the southern fighting position. He conceded he was furious because she had reported to commanders his affair with a 20-year-old private. Despite his debilitating injuries and loss of blood, he continued to fight and defend his position, throwing grenades then taking up an M240 machine gun. Sergeant Pitts quickly assisted them by giving up his main weapon and gathering ammunition all while continually lobbing fragmentary grenades until these were expended.
Pitts distinguished himself by extraordinary acts of heroism at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Forward Observer in 2d Platoon, Chosen Company, 2d Battalion Airborne , 503d Infantry Regiment, 173d Airborne Brigade, during combat operations against an armed enemy at Vehicle Patrol Base Kahler vicinity of Wanat Village, Kunar Province, Afghanistan on July 13, 2008. As part of the , Sgt. In the last decade, there have been nearly 90 domestic homicides and 25,000 substantiated cases of domestic violence at U. Condolences may be sent or viewed at. He currently serves on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Board of Directors; Maryland Business Roundtable for Education Board of Directors, and as Vice Chairman of the University of Maryland Medical System Board of Directors. Defense attorney Sverre Staurset portrayed Pitts as a troubled soldier who was self-medicating with alcohol, a man whose mental and emotional distress impaired his ability to form the intent to kill.
In November 1897 he sailed for Gibraltar. No one guy carried the day. He conceded he was furious because she had reported to commanders his affair with a 20-year-old private. In 1914 he re-enlisted in Kitchener's army, joining his old regiment. Unable to stand on his own and near death because of the severity of his wounds and blood loss, Sergeant Pitts continued to lay suppressive fire until a two-man reinforcement team arrived. Pitts was medically discharged in 2009.
But that help never came. He whispered into the radio, he was the only one left and was running out of ammo. As the enemy drew nearer, Sergeant Pitts threw grenades, holding them after the pin was pulled and the safety lever was released to allow a nearly immediate detonation on the hostile forces. Pitts' extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, Company C, 2d Battalion Airborne , 503d Infantry Regiment, 173d Airborne Brigade and the United States Army. It wasn't long before the horrors of war became his daily reality. Although defense attorneys had tried to link the crime to the defendant's mental trauma suffered in the Iraq war, a jury in April found Sgt. Pitts graduated from the with a bachelor's degree in Business.
Pitts later said he was recalling images of war when he killed his wife. Yesterday, Tara Pitts' mother, , expressed relief that the case was closed. Subsequently, he said he was recalling mortar attacks in Iraq. Pitts was born on April 22, 1951. He works in business development for. With love letters discovered in the glove compartment of his car as evidence, Tara reported her husband to his command.
Pitts joined the company immediately upon graduation from Johns Hopkins University B. The British line south of Ladysmith ran along a ridge known as the Platrand,whose features had been named Wagon Point, Wagon Ridge and Caesar's Camp - after features near Aldershot, well known to the British troops. Yesterday, the jury in the Pierce County Superior Court trial of Sgt. Only then, they say, will double tragedies like the case of James and Tara Pitts be prevented. A native of Baltimore, Mr.
The couple had been married nine years when Tara Pitts reported his affair. She notified his command, who promised to help. A week later, Pitts murdered his wife, drowning her in a bathtub. Tara Pitts' mother, Diana Sherwin, attended every day of the trial. She cares for the couple's 10-year-old son. He meant to kill her, not scare her, they said.