Accused Afghan Massacre Suspect Returns To JBLM

Oct 15, 2012

The Army sergeant charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians earlier this year has arrived back in Washington. That confirmation came late Monday from an official at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Bales has been held at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., since March when he was accused of the murders and other crimes. Now attorney Emma Scanlan says her client is headed back to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

“It’s incredibly significant," she says. "He can see his wife, he can see his children on a more regular basis. He’s going to have much better access to his counsel which is important in terms of his case going forward, so we are very happy that he is coming out here.”

Bales pretrial hearing is scheduled for next month. He’s charged with carrying out a middle-of-the-night massacre of Afghan villagers. Scanlan says it’s too early to say if Bales’ legal team will mount an insanity defense.

Officials at Joint Base Lewis-McChord say for security reasons they will not confirm Bales’ return to Washington until he has been processed at the base’s Pre Trial Confinement Center.

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