SEATTLE, Wash. - The Army plans to seek the death penalty against the soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers during early morning raids last March.
The announcement made on Wednesday followed a pretrial hearing last month for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who faces premeditated murder and other charges.
Prosecutors say Bales left his base in southern Afghanistan early on March 11. They say he attacked one village, returned to the base, and then left again to attack another nearby compound. Sixteen people were killed, including nine children.
His court martial will be held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. No date has been set.