Army officials announced on Wednesday that they will seek the death penalty for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who has been accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians in March. Prosecutors say that Bales, who is charged with premeditated murder, attacked two villages in southern Afghanistan during early-morning raids on March 11. He allegedly attacked one small town, returned to base, and then snuck out to attack the second village. Nine of the dead were children. Bales is still waiting to learn the date of his court-martial, which will take place at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Seattle.
AFGHAN MASSACRE Ryan Hallock, DVIDS, Spc. / AP Photo