Her husband "loves children, he's like a big kid himself," Karilyn Bales tells NBC News of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. He faces 17 counts of murder for attacks carried out on March 11 in Southern Afghanistan. One victim was an unborn child, officials say.
Members of the National Guard's 182nd Infantry Regiment recently touched down in Indiana after a long trip and a long year in Afghanistan. Over the next year, Weekend Edition will follow these men through their shift from soldiers to civilians.
Murder charges have been filed against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians. Now, an investigative officer will decide whether there's enough evidence to go forward with a court martial, leaving a number of legal challenges ahead for the prosecution and for the defense.
A U.S. Army staff sergeant's alleged massacre of Afghan civilians has raised calls for the U.S. to leave Afghanistan before the end-of-2014 timetable set by President Obama. Even some Republican presidential candidates are saying it is time to end the war. But not Mitt Romney.
After saying for nearly two weeks that 16 civilians had been killed, officials are now telling reporters there were 17 fatalities. We may learn more later today when Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is expected to be charged with murder.
Officials say no one was seriously injured during the dramatic crash. The copter was caught on camera swooping low over a snowy base, taking some twists and turns, bouncing off the ground and then crashing in the distance.
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