Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales,courtesy: Army Times
Seattle, WA -- The Army dropped one murder charge, but added other charges against a soldier accused in a deadly shooting rampage in Afghanistan, his lawyer said Friday.
Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is now accused of killing 16 civilians in the pre-dawn attack on two Afghan villages in March. The original report pinned the number dead at 16, but the Army counted 17 when if first charged the soldier.
Officials say they counted one victim twice, which is why Bales now faces only 16 counts of premeditated murder.
Though the Army dropped one murder charge, it added others, including six counts of attempted murder; seven of assault; one of possessing steroids; one of using steroids; one of destroying a laptop; one of burning bodies; and one of using alcohol.
One key issue that could arise is how Bales obtained the steroids, which can be linked to increased irritability and aggression.
Bales is being held at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, KS.
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