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Army adds charges against Afghan shooting suspect

Army drops murder charge, adds others against soldier accused in deadly Afghan rampage By The Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) ' The Army has dropped a murder charge, but added others, including steroid use, against a soldier accused in a deadly shooting rampage in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is now accused of gunning down 16 civilians in pre-dawn raid on two Afghan villages in March.

Bales attorney Emma Scanlan says she received the new charges Friday and there s nothing surprising in them.



There had been talk for some time that the number of victims in the massacre had been over-counted by one.

Bales now faces 16 counts of premeditated murder; six of attempted murder; seven of assault; one of possessing steroids; one of using steroids; one of destroying a laptop computer; one of burning bodies; and one of using alcohol.


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