Major Christopher Ophardt at Lewis-McChord says it’s unclear at this point whether the pretrial hearing will happen in Washington or at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. That’s where Bales is currently being held. Ophardt acknowledged prosecutors at Lewis-McChord recently sent four Washington based soldiers to prison for killing Afghan civilians in 2010.
Christopher Ophardt: “Since we have some experience with that unfortunately we know the process and how to work through it.”
Bales’ attorneys say they want the case moved to Lewis -McChord. Meanwhile, Major Ophardt also clarified that Bales’ wife and children are not under Army protective custody. He says the family exercised a right any Army family has to move onto base.