A Navy officer accused of failing to take steps that might have saved a recruit's life says he thinks veteran instructors at a swim school used poor judgment in throwing a frightened recruit back in the water.

"I would have never dreamed that anything like that would have happened," said Lt. Thomas Torchia, who testified for more than two hours at the close of his court-martial at Pensacola Naval Air Station.Both prosecution and defense rested their cases Tuesday in the court-martial of Torchia, who is accused of dereliction of duty in the March 2 panic-induced drowning of Airman Recruit Lee Mirecki.

The case was expected to go to the four-member jury of officers Wednesday.