Army Sgt. Bales Charged With Murder

    In this Aug. 23, 2011 Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System photo, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, left, 1st platoon sergeant, Blackhorse Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division participates in an exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. A  senior U.S. official, Friday March 16, 2012 identified Bales as the man accused of killing 16 civilians in an attack on Afghan villagers five days ago. The man at the right is unidentified. (AP Photo/DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock)

    Spc. Ryan Hallock

    Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was charged Friday afternoon with 17 counts of premeditated murder in the deaths of Afghan civilians March 11. Bales, 38, a married father of three, is accused of shooting and killing 17 civilians, including nine children. The exact details of the shooting are still sketchy, and Bales’s lawyer has said that the soldier does not remember it. Six other Afghans were wounded, and Bales has been charged with six counts of attempted murder and assault. If Bales is convicted of murder, he could face the death penalty.

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