Army authorities have charged a soldier with murder in the stabbing death of another soldier last week at this base south of Tacoma. Pvt Pvt. Anthony Cruse...

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FORT LEWIS — Army authorities have charged a soldier with murder in the stabbing death of another soldier last week at this base south of Tacoma.

Pvt. Anthony Cruse, 19, of Licking, Mo., is accused of killing 22-year-old Pvt. Timothy W. Crislip of Elmhurst, Ill., June 15 outside a barracks.

Officials have suggested no motive for the stabbing. Cruse was arrested a few hours afterward and was formally charged with premeditated murder Wednesday.

Cruse joined the Army last November and arrived at Fort Lewis in March. He is assigned to the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, a new Stryker brigade being developed here.

Crislip joined the Army in 2003 and had previously been assigned to Fort Campbell in Kentucky and Fort Jackson, S.C., before coming to Fort Lewis last April. He was also assigned to the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

Crislip served a year in Iraq ending in April 2006 with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 44th Air Defense Battalion at Fort Campbell.