KABUL, Afghanistan (WKOW) – The U.S. military says Army
Staff Sgt. Robert Bales has officially been charged with 17 counts of
premeditated murder for allegedly shooting and killing Afghan civilians on
Bales could be sentenced to death if convicted because
premeditated murder is a capital offense.
Spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan Colonel Gary
Kolb says 38-year-old Bales was also charged with six counts of attempted
murder and six counts of assault.
Bales, a father of two from Lake Tapps, Washington, is
accused of leaving a U.S. military post and killing nine Afghan children and
eight adults and burning some of the bodies in Panjwai district of Kandahar
province. Six other Afghan civilians were wounded in the attack.
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