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  • Kari Bales (third from right) stands next to attorney Lance Rosen (third from left) as she listens to her sister, Stephanie Tandberg (second from right), read a statement to reporters on Nov. 13, 2012, outside the building housing a military courtroom on Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington state, where a preliminary hearing ended for Kari's husband, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. Bales is accused of 16 counts of premeditated murder and six counts of attempted murder for a pre-dawn attack on two villages in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan in March of 2012. At right is Stephanie's husband, Eric Tandberg. (Associated Press)

    Preliminary hearing ends in Afghan massacre case

    Army prosecutors on Tuesday asked an investigative officer to recommend a death penalty court-martial for an Army staff sergeant accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in a predawn rampage, saying that Staff Sgt. Robert Bales committed "heinous and despicable crimes."

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