Army to Seek Death for Robert Bales

    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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    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.

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