SAN DIEGO —
The court Thursday denied that request and issued a mandate that he be released.
The case, however, is not closed.
The Navy can order the case be retried or prosecutors can appeal to the Supreme Court.
The Navy issued a statement Friday saying it was exploring those options and a decision is expected next month.
Kloppel said the Camp Pendleton unit Hutchins will be assigned to will determine his job assignment.
Hutchins’ military attorney, Maj. Babu Kaza, said Hutchins will live off base in nearby Oceanside with his wife and two children.