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US Army sergeant referred to court martial over Afghan slayings

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 19 Dec 2012 18:12 GMT
Author: Reuters
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SEATTLE, Dec 19 (Reuters) - U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in two forays from his remote military camp, has been referred to a court martial over the slayings and could face the death penalty, the military said on Wednesday.

The trial of the decorated soldier is scheduled to take place at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, but no date has been set for the proceedings, military officials said in a statement. (Reporting by Laura L. Myers; Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Cynthia Johnston, Gary Hill)

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