US soldier deferres plea

2013-01-17 22:13

Tacoma - A US soldier accused of killing 16 villagers in Afghanistan deferred his plea to charges of premeditated murder before a US military court on Thursday.

US prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, a veteran of four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He is accused of gunning down the villagers - mostly women and children - in their homes in two villages in Afghanistan's Kandahar province.

Bales, wearing green military dress, entered his deferred plea through one of his defence attorneys, who also waived reading of charges against Bales.

Bales answered, "Sir, yes sir" when asked if he understood his case could result in the death penalty.

  • Jason Lok - 2013-01-18 05:48

    Im sure this case will b swept under the carpet, afta all its 'collateral damage' !!

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-18 07:32

      Ramon, why do people like you think discussions about US always require a commitment to parity, like some absurd version of political debates on TV.

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