Testimony wraps up in Bales preliminary hearing

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) — Closing arguments are set for Tuesday in the preliminary hearing for Robert Bales, the U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 people in two Afghan villages.

Testimony has ended in the military court proceeding at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

Over the weekend, several children were among the witnesses who testified by video link from Afghanistan about the March 11 massacre.

A 7-year-old girl described how she hid behind her father when a gunman came to her village that night. She says the stranger fired and her father died, cursing in pain and anger, and that she was shot in the leg.

An 8-year-old named Zardana also testified about how she was shot in the head and can walk and talk again after months of rehabilitation. Zardana's brother recalled how the gunman continued to shoot after he and others scrambled and yelled "We are children! We are children!"

Nine children were among those killed.

The hearing will help decide whether Bales will face a court-martial.


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007-c-18-(Gene Johnson, AP correspondent)-"and talk again"-AP correspondent Gene Johnson reports one of the victims who spoke at the hearing was 8-years-old when she was injured in the massacre. (11 Nov 2012)

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037-c-15-(Gene Johnson, AP correspondent)-"the right thing"-AP correspondent Gene Johnson reports witnesses who have been testifying from Afghanistan via live video feed have not identified Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, but prosecutors have other evidence to present. (11 Nov 2012)

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036-c-15-(Gene Johnson, AP correspondent)-"attacked another village"-AP correspondent Gene Johnson reports Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is accused of killing 16 civilians, including nine children. (11 Nov 2012)

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008-c-08-(Gene Johnson, AP correspondent)-"her in the leg"-AP correspondent Gene Johnson reports one young girl in a red head covering gave testimony about what happened to her during the massacre. (11 Nov 2012)

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035-c-06-(Gene Johnson, AP correspondent)-"on her face"-AP correspondent Gene Johnson reports one man testified that he came home after the deadly rampage to find his mother's body. (11 Nov 2012)

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034-c-17-(Gene Johnson, AP correspondent)-"the four bodies"-AP correspondent Gene Johnson reports an Afghan man testified via live video feed that his son was wounded in the attack. (11 Nov 2012)

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