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Army adds charges against Afghan shooting suspect

SEATTLE (AP) - The Army has dropped a murder charge, but added
others, including steroid use, against a soldier accused in a
deadly shooting rampage in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is now accused of gunning down 16
civilians in a pre-dawn raid on two Afghan villages in March.
Bales attorney Emma Scanlan says she received the new charges
Friday and there's nothing surprising in them.
There had been talk for some time that the number of victims in
the massacre had been over-counted by one.
Bales now faces 16 counts of premeditated murder; six of
attempted murder; seven of assault; one of possessing steroids; one
of using steroids; one of destroying a laptop computer; one of
burning bodies; and one of using alcohol.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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