Prosecutors have made opening arguments in a hearing for the Washington soldier accused of massacring 16 Afghan villagers earlier this year. The pretrial hearing for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is expected to last several days.
The prosecution’s exhibit A in this case is a video that was shown in court. It was taken from a balloon with a camera mounted on it. It’s night vision, and it purports to show Sgt. Bales dressed in a cape from the villages where these massacres occurred. He arrives back at the gate of his Army base and is disarmed by three fellow soldiers.
The prosecution in this case said that this is a crime of sheer brutality.
The hearing at Joint-Base Lewis McChord is the military equivalent of a grand jury proceeding.
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