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December 20, 2012

Army seeks death penalty in 16 killings

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Afghan witnesses questioned via a video link from a forward operating base near Kandahar City described the horror of that night.

Prosecutors, in asking for a court-martial trial, have pointed to statements Bales made after he was apprehended, saying his comments demonstrated a “clear memory of what he had done and consciousness of wrongdoing.”

The U.S. military has not executed anyone since 1961. There are five men currently facing military death sentences, but none for killings committed in war zones, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

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