JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington (AP) An Afghan farmer has been giving jurors at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington an emotional account of the pre-dawn raid on his village by a U.S. soldier last year that left 16 civilians dead. The farmer and one of his sons were among the wounded.
Speaking through an interpreter, the man (Haji Mohammad Naim ) promptly cursed Staff Sgt. Robert Bales and said he has lingering numbness in his hand and a stutter since he was shot in the neck during the attack.
Bales pleaded guilty in June to avoid the death penalty for killing 16 civilians and wounding six others, mostly women and children. The six jurors must decide whether he is sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole or without it.
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