November 4, 2012 3:00 AM

Trial opens for Sgt. Robert Bales in Afghanistan killings

For seven months, Joint Base Lewis-McChord Staff Sgt. Robert Bales sat in confinement while the military stayed all but silent about its case against the four-time combat veteran accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians in a nighttime rampage. That silence is about to end as the Army on Monday opens its first public hearing.

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