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U.S. soldier charged with killing 16 Afghans appears in court

This photograph of a courtroom sketch by artist Lois Silver shows U.S. Army soldier Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, (2nd R) and his defense attorneys Emma Scanlan (2nd L) and Maj. Gregory Malson (L) at the start of the military Article-32 Investigation, a U.S. Courts Martial pre-trial proceeding, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington November 5, 2012. REUTERS/Anthony Bolante

This photograph of a courtroom sketch by artist Lois Silver shows U.S. Army soldier Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, (2nd R) and his defense attorneys Emma Scanlan (2nd L) and Maj. Gregory Malson (L) at the start of the military Article-32 Investigation, a...more

This photograph of a courtroom sketch by artist Lois Silver shows U.S. Army soldier Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, (2nd R) and his defense attorneys Emma Scanlan (2nd L) and Maj. Gregory Malson (L) at the start of the military Article-32 Investigation, a U.S. Courts Martial pre-trial proceeding, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington November 5, 2012. REUTERS/Anthony Bolante
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Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, (L) is seen during an exercise at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, in this August 23, 2011 DVIDS handout photo. Bales, the U.S. Army soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in a drunken rampage in March faces the military version of a preliminary hearing starting on November 5, 20120, to determine if there is sufficient evidence for a court martial. REUTERS/Department of Defense/Spc. Ryan Hallock/Handout

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, (L) is seen during an exercise at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, in this August 23, 2011 DVIDS handout photo. Bales, the U.S. Army soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in a drunken rampage...more

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, (L) is seen during an exercise at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, in this August 23, 2011 DVIDS handout photo. Bales, the U.S. Army soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in a drunken rampage in March faces the military version of a preliminary hearing starting on November 5, 20120, to determine if there is sufficient evidence for a court martial. REUTERS/Department of Defense/Spc. Ryan Hallock/Handout
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Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, (R) 1st platoon sergeant, Blackhorse Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, is seen during an exercise at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, in this August 23, 2011 DVIDS handout photo. REUTERS/Department of Defense/Spc. Ryan Hallock/Handout

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, (R) 1st platoon sergeant, Blackhorse Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, is seen during an exercise at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California,...more

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, (R) 1st platoon sergeant, Blackhorse Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, is seen during an exercise at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, in this August 23, 2011 DVIDS handout photo. REUTERS/Department of Defense/Spc. Ryan Hallock/Handout
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Civilian journalists enter the First Corps headquarters building where a military Article-32 Investigation, a U.S. Courts Martial pre-trial proceeding, starts in Washington November 5, 2012. A U.S. Army soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in a drunken rampage in March faces the military version of a preliminary hearing starting on Monday to determine if there is sufficient evidence for a court martial. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales faces 16 counts of premeditated murder for the alleged shooting of Afghan civilians on March 11, 2012. REUTERS/Anthony Bolante

Civilian journalists enter the First Corps headquarters building where a military Article-32 Investigation, a U.S. Courts Martial pre-trial proceeding, starts in Washington November 5, 2012. A U.S. Army soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers...more

Civilian journalists enter the First Corps headquarters building where a military Article-32 Investigation, a U.S. Courts Martial pre-trial proceeding, starts in Washington November 5, 2012. A U.S. Army soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in a drunken rampage in March faces the military version of a preliminary hearing starting on Monday to determine if there is sufficient evidence for a court martial. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales faces 16 counts of premeditated murder for the alleged shooting of Afghan civilians on March 11, 2012. REUTERS/Anthony Bolante
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A view of the First Corps headquarters building at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where the military Article-32 Investigation, a U.S. Courts Martial pre-trial proceeding, starts in Washington November 5, 2012. REUTERS/Anthony Bolante

A view of the First Corps headquarters building at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where the military Article-32 Investigation, a U.S. Courts Martial pre-trial proceeding, starts in Washington November 5, 2012. REUTERS/Anthony Bolante

A view of the First Corps headquarters building at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where the military Article-32 Investigation, a U.S. Courts Martial pre-trial proceeding, starts in Washington November 5, 2012. REUTERS/Anthony Bolante
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