Hearing Set for Alleged Army Killer

    FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2011, file photo, Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System photo, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 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. The preliminary hearing for Bales, accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in March, begins Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, with villagers expected to testify by video from Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan. Bales is scheduled to appear at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for the pretrial hearing, which is expected to last two weeks. (AP Photo/DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock, File)

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    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, accused of killing 16 villagers in Afghanistan in March, will appear before a military hearing on Monday to determine whether he will stand for a court martial. Bales faces as many as 16 counts of premeditated murder and six counts of attempted murder after allegedly sneaking away from his base at night and killing Afghan civilians in an alcohol-fueled rampage. The hearing will be held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

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