US Army Seeks Death Penalty for Bales
The U.S. Army said Wednesday it will seek the death penalty against the soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in a predawn rampage in March.
The attack drew such angry protests that the U.S. temporarily halted combat operations in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 39, faces premeditated murder and other charges in the attack on two villages in southern Afghanistan.
Prosecutors said Bales left his remote base early on March 11, attacked one village, returned to his base and then slipped away again to attack another compound. Of the 16 people killed, nine were children.
No date has been set for his court martial, which will be held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.