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Staff Sgt. Bales’ Pre-Trial Hearing Begins

Nov 8th, 2012 investigations

The New York Times reports that this week marked the beginning of the pre-trial hearing in the case against Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, the Army Officer accused of murdering sixteen civilians earlier this year in Afghanistan.

The article explains that the prosecutor, Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Morse, described the crimes as follows:

Local families in a poor area with no electricity . . . awoke early on March 11 to find a figure cloaked in darkness inside their homes, firing a weapon with apparent intent to kill. Children were shot through the thighs or in the head . . . In one place, 11 bodies—mostly women and children . . . were ‘put in a pile and put on fire.’

If convicted, Sgt. Bales could face the death penalty, according to The Times.


You can read the full article here.

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