Witt grew up in West Salem, Wisconsin and graduated,
in 2000, from Aquinas High School in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He entered
the Air Force in 2001 and was assigned to Robins Air Force Base in
In the early morning hours of 5 July 2004, two
bodies were discovered in a base house located at 1152A Fort Valley
Street, Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, Georgia. Senior Airman (SrA)
Andy Schliepsiek was found dead, lying on his back in the living room.
He had been stabbed in the back and chest. His wife, Jamie Schliepsiek,
was also dead. She was wearing only a t-shirt and underwear and lay
approximately 10 feet away. There was a large blood stain on the wall
behind Jamie’s body, and blood was also visible on the door, floor,
nightstand, and bedroom lamp. At a nearby hospital, a third victim,
SSgt Jason King, underwent a surgery for the five knife wound injuries
sustained during a violent attack.
During the Article 32 hearing, similar to a
civilian grand jury proceeding, Staff Sergeant Jason King testified
that Senior Airman Andrew Schliepsiek became very angry when his wife
told him during a July 4 cookout that Witt, an acquaintance of the
others, had tried to kiss her the night before.
SrA Andrew Witt was found guilty of two
specifications of premeditated murder of SrA Schliepsiek and his wife,
Jamie, and one specification of attempted premeditated murder of then-Senior
Airman Jason King.
In the presentencing phase, Witt submitted a
written statement where he took responsibility for his actions but
asked the jury to spare his life. It read:
A military panel sentenced Airman Witt to death.
His death sentence is the first Air Force death sentence since the
United States vs. Jose Simoy in 1990, which on appeal, the death
penalty was set aside and Simoy is currently serving life in prison.
Witt is now the only Airman to sit on death row at
United States Disciplinary Barracks, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
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November 17, 2004
Witt alleged to have stabbed couple to death,
MACON – The Article 32 hearing began Monday for a
Robins Air Force Base airman accused of slaying two and injuring
another this summer.
Senior Airman Andrew Paul Witt is charged with two
counts of premeditated murder and one count of attempted murder for
the July 5 deaths of Senior Airman Andrew Schliepsiek and his wife,
Jamie, and the wounding of Senior Airman Jason King.
King was the first witness called to testify for
the government’s case. He began by relating the relationship between
the Schliepsieks and his family. He met Andy Schliepsiek back in April
and the two quickly became friends. King’s wife, Page, also quickly
befriended Jamie, King said, and the two regularly went shopping
together, usually with the Kings’ daughter, 3-year- old Ramsey, who
took to the Schliepsieks very quickly.
King did not meet Witt, another friend of
Schliepsiek, until July 3. That evening, the two couples were gathered
at the Kings’ on-base home on Sergeants Drive when Schliepsiek
received a call from Witt, who asked if he could come over. King said
OK, but retired shortly after Witt’s arrival, as he had a headache.
He only spent about 30 minutes in Witt’s company.
The next day, July 4, the two couples gathered
again at the Kings in the afternoon, where they grilled ribs and drank
beers and daiquiris, celebrating Independence Day.
Late that night, after Page had gone to bed, Jamie
related how, the night before, the Schliepsieks went back to their
home a couple of blocks away on Fort Valley Street.
Jamie said after Andy went to bed, Witt made a pass
at her: He tried to kiss her, and she pushed him away.
Upon hearing this that next day, Andy “was not
pleased,” King said.
A series of cell phone calls began to and from Witt,
with both the Schliepsieks and King talking to him.
Witt was apologetic, King said, and told him he and
Andy should come to his off-base home and sort him out.
“He said we should drive over there and kick his
…,” King recalled.
Instead, shortly before 4 a.m., the three drove
over to the Schliepsieks’ home, probably to get cigarettes, King said.
As they entered the house, King was on his cell
phone with a friend of his who lived in Virginia. Jamie asked to talk
to him, and King gave her the phone. She walked into the bedroom, and
King followed because she had his phone, he said.
They then heard conversation from the living room,
King said. He remembered Andy saying something like, “What are you
doing in my house?” Then Witt came to the bedroom door. He was dressed
in full military BDUs – camouflaged from boots to hat.
King said Witt looked into the bedroom and said,
“Oh, good. You’re here, too.”
He then went back into the living room with Andy.
King ended the call to his friend and followed the
two into the room. They were struggling when he entered, and Witt
“seemed to be getting the better of Andy,” King said.
King approached and put Witt into a headlock and
tried to talk to him.
“I said, ‘Dude, why don’t you just leave? Get
out,’” King said.
As he did so, he said Witt hit him in the stomach.
He thought it was a punch, but as he moved away he
said if felt “something was weird.”
He remembered Jamie yelling, “My god! You’re
King left the home through the kitchen door, with
the intent of getting help.
He was struck several times in the back as he did
He made his way down the street and stopped at the
only house with a light on, the 10th Street home of Tech Sgt. Jimmy
Free called 911, and King was taken to the
He had a puncture wound just below his heart, three
other stab wounds in his back and a laceration on one arm.
Following emergency surgery, King’s initial stay
lasted 14 days. He would later return for a 15-day stay, after fluid
built up in his chest and had a staph infection. In October he
returned again for four days, as doctors removed a colostomy bag
inserted during the first surgery.
Although King’s testimony was the longest Monday,
it was not the most emotional.
Page King tearfully recalled in testimony that the
doctor said it was “a miracle” he made it to the hospital.
At one point, remembering the Schliepsieks, she had
to pause and collect herself before continuing.
Others who testified included Free and two security
forces members who responded to the scene.
Staff Sgt. Perry Grimme and Tech Sgt. Michael
Gonzales were the two who cleared the Schliepsiek home after the
incident. On the stand, both described moving through the house,
looking for a suspect and finding the bodies of Andy and Jamie
Schliepsiek in the living room and bedroom, respectively.
Pictures of the crime scene, including both bodies,
were shown during testimony by the next witness, Special Agent
Alexander Wildes with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
Another OSI officer, Special Agent Lamar E.
Cromwell, testified next. It was Cromwell, with other agents, who
apprehended Witt as he drove back to the crime scene with a friend.
The officer described how, under questioning, Witt
first denied even being on base during the time when the crime
occurred. Confronted with gate video that showed him entering the base
at 1:45 a.m., Witt admitted being on base but denied being near the
Eventually, he admitted to the crimes, Cromwell
said, in both the verbal interview and a written statement.
That included how he attacked King, and his
description closely matched King’s account. He also told how he had
kicked in the locked bedroom door to get to Jamie and kill her, then
returned to the living room, where Andy lay prone from his earlier
“He stated that he stabbed him in the heart, he put
it, ‘to finish him off,’” Cromwell said.
Cromwell read from the statement how Witt said he
was not insane at the time.
“Basically, he said he let go and did these things,”
He described it as being in “a euphoric state or a
drunken state,” Cromwell said.
Earlier in the Article 32 hearing, Maj. Vance Spath,
chief circuit trial counsel for the Air Force, said a sanity board
found no evidence Witt was insane at the time of the attacks.
Spath is conducting the case with the assistance of
Capt. Scott Williams of the 78th Air Base Wing Office of the Staff
Judge Advocate at Robins.
Witt is represented by civilian defense attorney
Frank Spinner of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Capt. Darren Johnson of the
Area Defense Counsel at Robins and Capt. Doug Rawald, circuit defense
counsel from Bolling Air Force Base. Col. Mary Boone, a chief military
judge from Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, is the investigating
officer in the Article 32 hearing, which is the preliminary evidence
hearing under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Boone will make a recommendation to base commander
Col. Greg Patterson, who will decided whether to recommend that Warner
Robins Air Logistics Center commander Maj. Gen. Mike Collings convene
a general court martial for Witt.
The hearing, which is being held at Bibb County
Courthouse, was scheduled to continue with another full day of