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March 13, 2013 at 4:13 PM

U.S. soldier accused in Afghanistan massacre to undergo sanity hearing starting Sunday

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales

The Associated Press

A U.S. soldier charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians is expected to undergo a review of his sanity beginning this weekend.

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will participate in the review by Army doctors, Bales’ attorney, John Henry Browne, said Wednesday. It is scheduled to start Sunday and could last three to seven days.

Bales is accused of murdering Afghan villagers during pre-dawn raids on March 11, 2011. The Army is seeking the death penalty.

Such reviews are aimed at discerning a defendant’s mental state at the time of the crime and competency to stand trial.

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