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BALES TRIAL: Afghan Guards, Victims' Family Scheduled To Testify Late Friday

The testimony will be taken via a live satellite feed from Kandahar in Afghanistan.

Tonight, two guards and several family members of the victims whom Joint Base Lewis-McChord Staff Robert Bales allegedly massacred in Afganistan are scheduled to testify.

The witnesses will be making their testimony via video teleconference from a U.S. base in Afghanistan.

Bales, whose trial has now entered its fifth day, is accussed of carrying out a nighttime massacre in March in Afghanistan. The charges include 16 specifications of premeditated murder and six counts of attempted premeditated murder against the Lake Tapps man.

Patch is attending the trial and will provide updates throughout the night.

Brent Champaco November 10, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Afghan guard testifies that he saw figure 15-20 meters away trying to get back onto base night of the killings. He told the soldier to stop several times, but wouldn't do.
Brent Champaco November 10, 2012 at 04:45 AM
The first witness, an Afghan guard named Nematullah just wrapped up testimony. Basically, he was in the tower the night of the massacre when he saw a man, most likely an American, walking back through the main gate. He ordered him to stop, but the man kept walking. Next witness is another guard named Tosh Ali, who replaced Nematullah at guard around 2 p.m.
Brent Champaco November 10, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Tosh Ali testifies that he saw a soldier leave the base after he took over the shift from Nematullah about 2 a.m. He saw what appeared to be a soldier leaving the base, crawling out via a ditch or something of the sort. A half hour after the soldier left, Tosh Ali heard one gunshot in the distance, he testified.
Brent Champaco November 10, 2012 at 05:37 AM
Also, Tosh Ali testifies that the soldier who left the base was laughing.
Brent Champaco November 10, 2012 at 06:55 AM
Wow. A family member of some of the victims of the attack just gave vivid testimony of the hours after the massacre. Khamal is the cousin of the main whose family whom Bales allegedly shot, killed and burned.
Brent Champaco November 10, 2012 at 06:56 AM
Khamal, a 39-year-old from Kandahar City, went to his cousin's compound, where thousands of the villagers waited outside for him. At the entrance was his cousin's mother, shot in the head.
Brent Champaco November 10, 2012 at 06:59 AM
In the pile of bodies were 10 people, all of whom had been shot in the head. A couple of the female bodies - all under 5 years old - appeared to have shoe marks on their face and chest, Khamal testified.
Brent Champaco November 10, 2012 at 07:05 AM
After the some of the other women in the compound wrapped the burned victims in blankets, they were put into the back of a pickup truck and went to the base.
Brent Champaco November 10, 2012 at 07:06 AM
The man whose family was killed hasn't returned to the compound since March 11, his cousin Khamal testified.
Brent Champaco November 10, 2012 at 07:35 AM
Right now, a man named Faizullah is testifying. His father was shot.
Brent Champaco November 10, 2012 at 07:49 AM
Witness, Faizullah, describes how carried five injured victims, including his father, from the house into a car and drove them to the base in which Bales was stationed because that was the "closest place" to get them help. Before he left, he carried saw at least four people dead.
Brent Champaco November 10, 2012 at 07:50 AM
At the end of his testimony, Khamal asks one thing of the court: "My request is to get justice."
Gina Cloum November 10, 2012 at 05:56 PM
How is Robert reacting to this, what are his facial expressions, does it appear that any lights are going off maybe at times when these witnesses talk? How are his family members reacting? Is Robert showing anything, any recognition at all? Thank you Brent, we are still following you here in Florida. When will Mr. Browne get back from testimony?

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