Ricky Elder's military service caused a delay in prosecution of the case for nearly two years.
A judge in Kansas formally dismissed the aggravated battery charge against Fort Bragg's Ricky Elder on Friday. Prosecutors said the 27-year-old Army specialist from Hutchinson was home on leave in April 2010 when he forecefully hit a woman shattering her eye socket. Senior Assistant Reno County District Attorney Stephen Maxwell said he notified the Army when Elder was initially charged with aggravated battery according to The Hutchinson News report. Maxwell said the Army couldn't discharge Elder early because he had not been convicted. Elder died last month after he shot and killed Lt. Col. Roy Tisdale of Alvin, Texas, on June 28 before turning the gun on himself. A third soldier was wounded and was released from the hospital.
Facts are coming together about last Thursday's fatal Fort Bragg shooting, but many questions are still pending.
While unanswered questions surrounding last week's fatal shooting on Fort Bragg remain, media outlets are piecing together and uncovering facts about Ricky Elder. According to a July 3 Fayetteville Observer report, Elder's Facebook page revealed a disturbing message one hour before the 2:29 p.m. incident on June 28 in which the 27-year-old Elder shot his battalion commander, Lt. Col. Roy L. Tisdale, after a safety briefing before turning the gun on himself at the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Special Troops Battalion: "My mind in the past couple of years has folded on itself. I just went to the Dr. and they said I just tested positive for Dementia." Within the Fayetteville, Fort Bragg and Facebook communities, people are asking …