Victims to testify in Afghan massacre hearing

By GENE JOHNSON

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) — An Afghan National Army guard who reported seeing a U.S. soldier outside a remote base the night 16 civilians were massacred in March has taken the witness stand in the case against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.

Bales is accused of carrying out the attacks and could face the death penalty if he is convicted in the March 11 attack. The preliminary hearing will help determine whether he faces a court-martial.

The guard, named Nematullah, testified by video from Kandahar on Friday night during an overnight session that was also expected to feature testimony from two victims and four relatives of victims.

The victims scheduled to testify are an older man who was shot in the neck and a boy who was shot in the head.

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