LISTEN LIVE KPR - On Air: Listen Live to classical, jazz and NPR news Schedule LATEST
KPR 2 - On Air: Listen live to KPR's all talk-radio service, KPR2 Recordings

Share this page              

UPDATE: Sergeant Bales Charged with Murder in Afghan Killings

Ft. Leavenworth Sign-croppedSgt. Robert Bales is being housed in a special, pre-trial holding facility at Ft. Leavenworth. (Photo by J. Schafer)

UPDATE: Sgt. Robert Bales has now been charged with 17 counts of murder.

FT. LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A U.S. official says Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales will be charged with 17 counts of murder in the massacre of Afghan villagers.  The official says charges against Bales also include six counts of attempted murder and six counts of aggravated assault and other violations of military law. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the charges had not been announced.  The 38-year-old soldier allegedly gunned down nine Afghan children and eight adults as they slept in their homes in two southern Afghanistan villages.

The civilian attorney for Bales says his client has memory problems that pre-date the March 11 shootings.  John Henry Browne told CBS TV that he spent 11 hours this week with Bales, who's in detention at Fort Leavenworth.  Bales is expected to be formally presented today (FRI) with charges including 17 counts of murder as well as a string of other offenses.  Browne said Bales had earlier suffered a "serious" concussion, and that it was not treated "for a variety of reasons," which Browne did not explain.  Browne said his reaction to the government's allegations is: "Prove it." And he said he believes the government will have difficulty proving its case against Bales.  He said "there is no crime scene" and a lack of important physical evidence like fingerprints.

Tower Frequencies

91.5 FM KANU Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City
96.1 FM K241AR Lawrence (KPR2)
89.7 FM KANH Emporia
99.5 FM K258BT Manhattan
97.9 FM K250AY Manhattan (KPR2)
91.3 FM  KANV Junction City, Olsburg
89.9 FM K210CR Atchison
90.3 FM KANQ Chanute

See the Coverage Map for more details

Contact Us

Kansas Public Radio
1120 West 11th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Download Map
785-864-4530 (Main Line)
888-577-5268 (Toll Free)