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US Soldier: No 'Good Reason' Why I Killed Afghan Villagers

Robert Bales pleads guilty to avoid death penalty

(Newser) - As expected , the American soldier charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians during a nighttime massacre on two villages last year has pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales entered the plea today in a military courtroom near Seattle. Bales, 39, said he left the remote... More »

Afghan Massacre Suspect to Plead Guilty, Avoid Death

Victims' relatives are irate Robert Bales won't face execution

(Newser) - Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will plead guilty to the murder of 16 Afghan villagers, his lawyer tells CNN , in a move to dodge the death penalty. Lawyer John Henry Browne says military prosecutors have approved the plea, but a rep for Joint Base Lewis-McChord wouldn't say whether the matter... More »

Soldier in Afghan Massacre to Face Death Penalty

Army will seek death for Robert Bales, it announced today

(Newser) - The US Army said today it will seek the death penalty against the soldier accused of massacring 16 Afghan villagers, including nine children, during pre-dawn raids in March. The announcement followed a pretrial hearing last month for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales , 39, who faces premeditated murder and other charges in... More »

Zombies Cream Westboro Protest

Anti-gay protesters at military base get undead surprise

(Newser) - It was the afterlife vs. the undead: Protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church encountered a protest of their own on Friday. Ersatz zombies organized on Facebook to counter Westboro's appearance at the Lewis-McChord joint military base south of Seattle. Some 300 zombies and supporters easily overran the paltry eight... More »

Wash. Busts 'Ready to Snap' Army Colonel

Allegedly hired hit man, from same base as Afghanistan shooter

(Newser) - Police in Washington state have arrested an Army lieutenant colonel described as "ready to snap" by his commanding officer. Robert Underwood, 46, has been charged with felony harassment for allegedly hiring a hit man to kill his wife and the commanding officer. Prosecutors say Underwood, who is in the... More »

Soldier Suspected in Afghan Killing Spree Is Dad of 2

Details surface about staff sergeant, but identity not revealed

(Newser) - Details are beginning to emerge about the still-unnamed soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians yesterday. An official who spoke to the New York Times says the Army staff sergeant was part of a village stabilization operation in the rural Panjwai district of Kandahar, in which Green Berets forge close... More »

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