US soldier to plead guilty to murder of Afghan villagers

Robert Bales will plead guilty to murdering 16 Afghans civilians.

A US army sergeant charged with murdering 16 Afghan civilians last year has agreed to plead guilty in a bid to avoid the death penalty, his lawyer said.

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 39, is accused of killing the villagers during pre-dawn raids in March 2012.

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