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  • ** FILE ** Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales participates in an exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System, Spc. Ryan Hallock)

    Bales defers plea in Afghan massacre

    The U.S. soldier accused of carrying out the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians during nighttime raids on two villages last year deferred entering a plea Thursday to charges that could bring the death penalty.

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  • "An accused simply cannot be allowed to claim a lack of mental responsibility through the introduction of expert testimony from his own doctors, while at the same time leaving the government with no ability to overcome its burden of proof because its doctors have been precluded from conducting any examination of the very matters in dispute," Maj. Robert Stelle wrote in a Jan. 3 motion obtained by The Associated Press.

    Bales defers plea in Afghan massacre →

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