Darby, who has known England since basic training with their Maryland-based Army Reserve unit, testified by telephone at England's pre-trial hearing in early August. Darby testified he received the photos of England in early December 2003, from Spc. Charles Graner, with whom England was having an affair.
Graner and England are among seven reservists from the 372nd Military Police Company who have been charged with detainee abuse this year. One, Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits, has already pleaded guilty and been sentenced to a year in prison. Graner also faces adultery charges for the affair with his fellow soldier. England's lawyers say she is now seven months pregnant with Graner's baby.
Wil S. Hylton, the GQ magazine reporter who chronicled the Darby family's struggle over the past year for the September issue, says no one will ever know what Darby's disclosure might have prevented, but it's possible that the young soldier may have saved lives by revealing his comrades' actions.
"It wasn't purely theoretical," said Hylton. "I mean, he may have saved people's lives, you know. He certainly saved a lot of people's dignity."