U.S. Army Seeking Death Penalty For Soldier Accused of Massacre

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales allegedly killed 16 Afghans in March


SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Army said Wednesday it will seek the death penalty against the soldier accused of massacring 16 Afghan villagers 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 the attack on two villages in southern Afghanistan.