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Methodical murder of 16 Afghans merits court martial: U.S. prosecutor

This courtroom artist's sketch shows Staff Sgt. Robert Bales' civilian attorney Emma Scanlan (R) giving her closing argument while presiding investigation officer Col. Lee Demecky (L) listens during the final day of the Article-32 proceedings for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales (not pictured) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on November 13, 2012. Bales is accused of killing Afghan villagers in a drunken rampage on March 11, 2012 and faces 16 counts of premeditated murder. REUTERS/Lois Silver

This courtroom artist's sketch shows Staff Sgt. Robert Bales' civilian attorney Emma Scanlan (R) giving her closing argument while presiding investigation officer Col. Lee Demecky (L) listens during the final day of the Article-32 proceedings for...more

This courtroom artist's sketch shows Staff Sgt. Robert Bales' civilian attorney Emma Scanlan (R) giving her closing argument while presiding investigation officer Col. Lee Demecky (L) listens during the final day of the Article-32 proceedings for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales (not pictured) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on November 13, 2012. Bales is accused of killing Afghan villagers in a drunken rampage on March 11, 2012 and faces 16 counts of premeditated murder. REUTERS/Lois Silver
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This courtroom artist's sketch shows Staff Sgt. Robert Bales (2nd L), his civilian defense attorney Emma Scanlan (L) and presiding investigation officer Col. Lee Demecky (C) listening to prosecuting military attorney Maj. Rob Stelle (R) give his closing argument during the final day of the Article-32 proceedings for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales at Joint Base Lewis-McChord November 13, 2012. Bales is accused of killing Afghan villagers in a drunken rampage on March 11, 2012 and faces 16 counts of premeditated murder. REUTERS/Lois Silver

This courtroom artist's sketch shows Staff Sgt. Robert Bales (2nd L), his civilian defense attorney Emma Scanlan (L) and presiding investigation officer Col. Lee Demecky (C) listening to prosecuting military attorney Maj. Rob Stelle (R) give his...more

This courtroom artist's sketch shows Staff Sgt. Robert Bales (2nd L), his civilian defense attorney Emma Scanlan (L) and presiding investigation officer Col. Lee Demecky (C) listening to prosecuting military attorney Maj. Rob Stelle (R) give his closing argument during the final day of the Article-32 proceedings for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales at Joint Base Lewis-McChord November 13, 2012. Bales is accused of killing Afghan villagers in a drunken rampage on March 11, 2012 and faces 16 counts of premeditated murder. REUTERS/Lois Silver
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Civilian attorney Emma Scanlan (R) and military attorney Maj. Gregory Malson (L), the lead counsels for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales (not pictured), speak to the media following the closing arguments in Bales' Article-32 proceedings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord November 13, 2012. Bales is accused of killing Afghan villagers in a drunken rampage on March 11, 2012 and faces 16 counts of premeditated murder. REUTERS/Anthony Bolante

Civilian attorney Emma Scanlan (R) and military attorney Maj. Gregory Malson (L), the lead counsels for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales (not pictured), speak to the media following the closing arguments in Bales' Article-32 proceedings at Joint Base...more

Civilian attorney Emma Scanlan (R) and military attorney Maj. Gregory Malson (L), the lead counsels for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales (not pictured), speak to the media following the closing arguments in Bales' Article-32 proceedings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord November 13, 2012. Bales is accused of killing Afghan villagers in a drunken rampage on March 11, 2012 and faces 16 counts of premeditated murder. REUTERS/Anthony Bolante
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Stephanie Tandberg (R), the sister of Kari Bales (C), the wife of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, makes a statement to the media following the closing arguments in Bales' Article-32 proceedings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on November 13, 2012. REUTERS/Anthony Bolante

Stephanie Tandberg (R), the sister of Kari Bales (C), the wife of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, makes a statement to the media following the closing arguments in Bales' Article-32 proceedings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on November 13, 2012....more

Stephanie Tandberg (R), the sister of Kari Bales (C), the wife of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, makes a statement to the media following the closing arguments in Bales' Article-32 proceedings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on November 13, 2012. REUTERS/Anthony Bolante
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Kari Bales (R), the wife of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, and family attorney Lance Rosen (L) attend a press conference following the closing arguments in Staff Sgt. Bales' Article-32 proceedings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on November 13, 2012. REUTERS/Anthony Bolante

Kari Bales (R), the wife of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, and family attorney Lance Rosen (L) attend a press conference following the closing arguments in Staff Sgt. Bales' Article-32 proceedings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on November 13, 2012....more

Kari Bales (R), the wife of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, and family attorney Lance Rosen (L) attend a press conference following the closing arguments in Staff Sgt. Bales' Article-32 proceedings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on November 13, 2012. REUTERS/Anthony Bolante
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