FORT STEWART, GA
Army Staff Sgt. Rashad Valmont's fiancé testified Wednesday that
he quit eating and put in extra hours at the gym and sauna after
being ordered by a supervisor to shed 3 percent of his body fat
quickly. Two days later he walked into a different superior's
office holding a Glock handgun, took aim and shot the man six
Valmont faces life in prison if convicted of military charges of
premeditated murder in the June 2010 slaying of Master Sgt. Pedro
Mercado at Fort Gillem near Atlanta.
A military psychiatrist testified she believes the soldier was
delirious from dehydration and other effects of fasting.