File Photo of Sergeant Robert Bales seen here in Afghanistan (Source: ABC News)
Copyright 2012 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
SEATTLE - A military judge has scheduled a Sept. 3 court martial for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the U.S. soldier accused of massacring 16 Afghan villagers during nighttime raids last year.
One of Bales' lawyers, John Henry Browne, tells The Associated Press that the date is too soon, and they will ask the judge to reconsider. The defense team had asked for a trial in mid-2014.
Bales faces 16 counts of premeditated murder and six counts of attempted murder. Prosecutors say he slipped away from his base early March 11 to attack two nearby villages and returned covered in blood. Most of the victims were women and children.
The Army is seeking the death penalty.
Browne says the judge has scheduled jury selection to begin Aug. 19.
Associated Press writer Rachel La Corte contributed from Olympia, Wash.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
A federal judge has ruled that the office of America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff systematically singled out Latinos in its trademark immigration patrols, marking the first finding by a court that the agency racially profiles people.
Alleged misbehavior by the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies gives the GOP something else to talk about and investigate as the economy clearly, if slowly, recovers on President Barack Obama's watch, robbing Republicans of a central argument against Democrats.