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Army sergeant meeting with attorney

3 years ago March 19, 2012 Mar 19, 2012 Monday, March 19 2012 Monday, March 19, 2012 11:04:31 AM CDT in News
Source: Assocated Press

SEATTLE - The Army sergeant accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians meets with his attorney face-to-face for the first time today.

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is in isolation at Fort Leavenworth's military prison in Kansas.

The 38-year-old sergeant has not been charged yet, but that's expected to happen within a week.

Military officials said Bales had been drinking on the base in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province on March 11th.

They said he crept away early that morning, entered two villages, shot his victims and set many of them on fire. Nine of those killed were children, 11 from one family.

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