Accused Afghan Massacre Suspect Returns To Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Oct 15, 2012

The Army sergeant charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians earlier this year has arrived back in Washington. That confirmation came late Monday from an official at Joint Base Lewis McChord.

Sgt. Robert Bales has been held at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas since March when he was accused of the murders and other crimes. His attorney, Emma Scanlan, calls her client’s return home to Washington “incredibly significant.”

Emma Scanlan: “He can see his wife, he can see his children on a more regular basis. He’s going have much better access to his counsel which is important in terms of his case going forward, so we are very happy that he is coming out here.”

Bales pretrial hearing is scheduled for next month. He’s charged with carrying out a middle-of-the-night massacre of Afghan villagers. Scanlan says it’s too early to say if Bales’ legal team will mount an insanity defense. Bales’ is being held at the Pre Trial Confinement Center at Lewis-McChord.

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