Airman in Klapheke death case recommended for court martial

ABILENE, Texas - The Dyess AFB airman who is accused of being involved with Tiffany Klapheke in the death of her daughter is going to face court martial.

Airman Christopher Perez has been recommended for court martial by 7th Bomb Wing Commander Col. Glen Vanherck.

The 12th Air Force Commander agreed with his recommendation.

Perez is accused of having an affair with Tiffany Klapheke.

She is charged with the neglect that resulted in the death of her 22-month-old daughter Tamryn.

Perez will face court-martial on a charge of failure to report the neglect and on a charge of adultery.

A general court-martial is scheduled for March 4 in the Dyess Air Force Base courtroom.

Perez could still face court-martial for child endangerment.

Below is a press release sent by 7th Bomb Wing Public Affairs office:


 Dyess Air Force Base, Texas – Col. Glen VanHerck, 7th Bomb Wing commander, has made his disposition decision concerning the charges against Senior Airman Christopher Perez, 7th Security Forces Squadron.

VanHerck forwarded Charge 1, Violation of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), Article 92 and Charge 3, Violation of the UCMJ, Article 134 to Lt. Gen. Robin Rand, 12th Air Force commander, recommending a General Court-Martial. Rand agreed with the recommendation. A General Court-Martial is scheduled for March 4, 2013 in the Dyess Air Force Base court room.

VanHerck decided to refer Charge 2, Violation of the UCMJ, Article 120 to a Special Court-Martial to be docketed at a later date.

Col. Donald Eller, military judge, assigned to the Central Region of the Air Force Trial Judiciary at Randolph AFB, Texas, will preside over the trial.

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