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Family Of Soldier Accused Of Killing 16 Afghan Civilians Says The Government Isn't Telling The Whole Story

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By Paul Johnson

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington (CNN) - The U-S military is considering whether to move forward with a court martial for an American solider accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians.
A week-long preliminary hearing for Sergeant Robert Bales wrapped up Tuesday in Washington state.
Prosecutors claim on March 11th, Bales slipped away from his base in Afghanistan and opened fire in two villages.
16 civilians died, including nine children.
The Army says Bales carried out the killings alone...but his family believes the government isn't telling the whole story.
"Much of the testimony was painful, even heartbreaking...but we are not convinced the government has shown us the truth, the whole and nothing but the truth about what happened that night."
"We and Bob's family are proud to stand by him."
Bales faces charges on 16 counts of premeditated murder and six counts of attempted murder.
That could make him eligible for the death penalty.


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