U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was charged on Friday with 17 counts of premeditated murder, a capital offense that could lead to the death penalty in the massacre of Afghan civilians, the U.S. military said.
Murder charges are expected to be filed Friday against Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales for his alleged killing of 17 Afghan civilians, and his court-martial will be held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, ABC News reports.
A second incident involving alcohol and violence surfaced Thursday in the background of the Army staff sergeant suspected of killing 17 Afghan villagers - a 2008 accusation of a fight over a comment about a woman's appearance.
With formal charges looming against his client within days, the lawyer for an Army sergeant suspected in the horrific nighttime slaughter of 16 Afghan villagers was flying Sunday to Kansas and preparing for his first face-to-face meeting with the 10-year veteran.
He is accused of the kind of crime that makes people shiver, the killing of families in their own homes under cover of night. But many Americans seem ready to believe that Robert Bales simply snapped under horrific pressures.
Charges against an American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians are expected to be filed within a week, and Afghan investigators are not convinced that one soldier could have single-handedly carried out the massacre.
Bypassed for a promotion and struggling to pay for his house, Robert Bales was eyeing a way out of his job at a Washington state military base months before he allegedly gunned down 16 civilians in an Afghan war zone.
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