Thursday, March 22, 2012

Army Staff Sergeant Bales Could Be Freed For Lack Of Evidence Connected To Alleged 17 Afghan Civilian Murders

Robert Bales

Bales' attorney confirmed that the U.S. lacks forensic evidence or a confession to convict Army Staff Sergeant Bales for 17 homicides.

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 22, 2012

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas - On Friday, Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, 58, is expected to be charged with 17 counts of murder and 6 counts of assault in connection with the early March 11 Afghan civilian massacre in several villages. Bales is accused of walking out of his military compound and going to a nearby village and cold bloodedly shot at least 23 villagers while they slept in their homes, including killing 9 children and three woman. He set some of the bodies on fire and then returned to the base.
The U.S. military failed to gather any forensic evidence, secure the crime scene or even get a confession from Bales, according to John Henry Browne, Bales attorney. Bales is claiming that he remembers leaving the base, but blacked out during the alleged murders.
He has serve four tours and was previously injured. Bales might be suffering from post traumatic stress due to his injuries that he suffered during one of the combat tours.
Earlier this week, Bales' attorney confirmed that the U.S. lacks any forensic evidence or confession to convict Bales. Bales is facing the death penalty, if convicted on all charges.
A lack of evidence by the U.S. government could lead to an acquittal and Bales could be freed.
He is married and has two children ages 3 and 4.
Staff Sgt. Bales was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment of the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, of the 2nd Infantry Division.

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