Army Orders Sgt. Bales To Capital Court Martial

Northwest News Network | Dec. 19, 2012 3:56 p.m.

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The U.S. Army will pursue the death penalty against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. The Army announced Wednesday Bales will face a General Court-Martial on 16 counts of premeditated murder and other charges. The decision follows a pretrial hearing last month.

Bales is the Washington-based soldier accused of conducting a killing spree in two Afghan villages in the early morning hours of March 11 of this year. Most of the victims were women and children. In one of the villages, Army prosecutors say Bales burned the bodies of several of his victims.

According to an Army news release, for capital punishment to be imposed the court martial members - or jurors - must agree unanimously.

No trial date has been set.

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