Sailor Charged With Murder in Shooting Death of Gay Seaman

The U.S. Navy says a sailor has been charged in military court with murder and other offenses in the shooting death of a gay San Diego seaman.

The Navy says it will release the suspect's name at a news conference later Thursday.

Seaman August Provost of Houston was shot multiple times as he stood guard at Camp Pendleton on June 30.

The 29-year-old's family believes the shooting may have been a hate crime. The family says Provost complained of being harassed about his sexuality in the days before his death.

Navy officials have rejected those claims and say there is no record of Provost filing a harassment report.

Provost was a boatswain mate seaman who worked on hovercrafts. A Navy spokesman earlier this month described him as a rising star in the Navy.