Afghan Villagers Recount Massacre

    FILE - In this Sunday, March 11, 2012 file photo, men stand next to blood stains and charred remains inside a home where witnesses say Afghans were killed by a U.S. soldier in Panjwai, Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was charged on Friday, March 23, 2012 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. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan, File)

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    There was only one. Afghan villagers who escaped a March massacre in an Afghan village said they saw only one U.S. soldier during the attack. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, accused of killing 16 villagers, acted with “chilling premeditation,” government prosecutors have said. They are seeking the death penalty for what they say involved two attacks on one bloody evening in March. The three witnesses Saturday testified at the hearing in Washington state via a video link from Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

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