Quoting Brittany♥Gracelyn:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Valor™:</b>" I think that's a bit of an easy way out. Not to ... [snip!] ... trained to kill and not be able to turn it off. But they are also trained to kill in self defense, and she wasn't posing a harm"
I'd rather someone spend the rest of their life in prison, rotting away, with their freedoms stripped. That, to me, seems like a better punishment. And I definitely agree he's guilty. No question there.
Not always in literal self defense. Snipers kill the enemy without actually being attacked. Either way, some people just end up not being able to handle the military and may very well take that training in a different way. It's sad. But it happens. It doesn't necessarily justify any horrible acts they may commit, however.
From what you said, it seems like his military experience had nothing to do with it, though. Buuut, I would argue that no sane person would just sit there at the scene of the crime after doing something so heinous. That just seems... Odd. Either way, I'm not a trained professional and any guesses on my part would just be speculation. It would be interesting to see how the case plays out.