Afghan Civilian Killings en Judge: Prosecutors Can Remain on Bales Case <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">A military judge says a team of Army prosecutors can remain on the case of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales for his sentencing next week, even after they read documents they weren't supposed to.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Bales pleaded guilty to killing 16 Afghan civilians during nighttime raids last year.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:22:54 +0000 Gene Johnson 9631 at Judge: Prosecutors Can Remain on Bales Case Army will seek death penalty against Washington soldier <a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The top forces commander at Washington’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord has decided to seek the death penalty against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. He’s the 39-year old soldier accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians earlier this year.<p>Bales is accused of conducting two predawn raids on villages in southern Afghanistan. The victims were mostly women and children and the Army says some of the bodies were burned. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 22:32:56 +0000 Austin Jenkins 7424 at Army will seek death penalty against Washington soldier Panetta: Death penalty possible in Afghan shooting <p>ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT &mdash; Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the death penalty is a consideration as the military moves to investigate and possibly put on trial a U.S. soldier suspected of gunning down 16 Afghans.</p><p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 00:55:40 +0000 The Associated Press 4416 at Afghan shooter was from Washington Stryker brigade, AP source <p>The U.S. soldier suspected of gunning down at least 16 Afghan civilians was from a Washington state-based Stryker brigade and received his assignment to a village stability program less than six weeks ago.</p><p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 18:31:42 +0000 The Associated Press 4407 at War crimes case expected to go to jury <p>The judge in a high profile war crimes court martial is expected to send the case to the jury today. Closing arguments are now complete in the case against Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs. He&#39;s accused of orchestrating the deaths of unarmed Afghan civilians.</p><blockquote><p>Army prosecutor Major Robert Snow told the military jury their decision should not be difficult. His precise closing words: &quot;Let your verdict speak the truth that Staff Sgt. Gibbs is a murderer.&quot;</p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 17:43:03 +0000 Tom Banse 3165 at Lawyer: Soldier charged in Afghan killing released <p>The lawyer for one of five Washington state soldiers charged with killing Afghan civilians for sport says his client is being released from custody pending his court martial.</p><p>Attorney Colby Vokey tells <a href="">The News Tribun</a>e of Tacoma that an Army judge on Friday agreed to release Spc. Michael Wagnon, originally from Las Vegas. The other four defendants remain in custody.</p> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 20:45:34 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 1258 at Lawyer: Soldier charged in Afghan killing released German news agency obtains secret 5th Stryker Brigade report <p><a href=""></a></p><p>A German news publication says it&rsquo;s obtained a copy of a secret Army investigation into leadership problems within the 5th Stryker Brigade. One soldier from this Joint Base Lewis-McChord based unit has pleaded guilty. Four others are charged with war crimes including the murder of innocent Afghan civilians.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 04 Apr 2011 20:28:15 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 1132 at German news agency obtains secret 5th Stryker Brigade report Rolling Stone releases photos in alleged war crime cases of JBLM soldiers <p></p><p>Rolling Stone magazine has published several more grisly photographs related to the war crimes case unfolding at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.</p><p>The release comes just one week after a German magazine was the first to publish photos. The Army had sought to keep the pictures under wraps for fear they could trigger a backlash against U.S. troops.</p><p>Last week&rsquo;s photographs showed soldiers posing with a dead Afghan named Gul Mudin. <a href=" ">Rolling Stone now reports he was an unarmed 15-year old boy</a>, the first of three victims allegedly killed by members of a rogue platoon from Western Washington. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 09:51:28 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 1087 at Thursday morning's headlines <p>Good morning. Will it be as sunny as Wednesday? No, but we will see o<a href=";mode=all">ccasional sun breaks along with clouds and showers</a> around western Washington today, according to the National Weather Service.&nbsp;</p><p>Making headlines this morning:</p><ul><li><strong>Guilty Plea in Afghan Civilian Murders</strong></li><li><strong>Seattle Pays Out Millions in Madison Valley Flood Suit</strong></li><li><strong>New Plan Could Keep State History Museums Open</strong></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><b>Morlock</b><b> Pleads Guilty to Murder</b></p><p>Army Spc. Jeremy Morlock pleaded guilty<a href=""> to three counts of murder of unarmed Afghan civilians</a>, admitting the motive in the deaths was &quot; kill people.&quot; &nbsp;Morlock&#39;s plea came at a Joint Base Lewis-McChord&nbsp;court martial hearing Wednesday, a process followed closely by KPLU&#39;s Austin Jenkins.</p><p><a href="">Morlock&nbsp;will be a key witness</a> in hearings of four Stryker Brigade platoon mates who are also charged in the deaths, reports The News Tribune&#39;s Adam Ashton:&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>Morlock will be a key witness against Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, who allegedly plotted to murder Afghan civilians and brought his comrades along with him. Gibbs denies the charges and is expected to face a court-martial in June.</p></blockquote><p>The war crimes are the subject of international attention, with photographs of soldiers posing with corpses published online this past week by Germany&#39;s <i>Der Spiegel.</i></p><p> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 15:18:52 +0000 KPLU News Staff 1066 at Thursday morning's headlines Soldier sentenced to 24 years for war crimes <p></p><p>A Washington-based soldier has been sentenced to 24-years in prison for killing unarmed civilians in Afghanistan. Specialist Jeremy Morlock pleaded guilty to three counts of premeditated murder and other crimes.</p><p> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 14:55:16 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 1065 at Soldier sentenced to 24 years for war crimes Wednesday morning's headlines <p>Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:</p><ul><li><strong>Push to Preserve Iconic Seattle PI Globe</strong></li><li><strong>Warnings of Phone Scams</strong></li><li><b>Plea Deal for JBLM Soldier Likely for Afghan War Crimes</b></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>It&#39;s About the PI</strong></p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; font-size: 13px; ">Some Seattle City Council members are concerned the iconic globe atop the offices on the city&#39;s central waterfront may go away if it&#39;s not protected. They&#39;re considering landmark status for neon-lighted orb that has been spinning for 63 years. It has survived the company&#39;s shift from daily newspaper to a smaller, online-only venture.</p><p> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 15:28:31 +0000 KPLU News Staff 1056 at Wednesday morning's headlines Monday morning's headlines <p>Happy Spring! &nbsp;We&#39;ll see periods of sunshine and some rain showers today.</p><p>Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:</p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 15:10:31 +0000 KPLU News Staff 1037 at Monday morning's headlines Tuesday morning's headlines <p>Making headlines this morning around the Northwest:</p><ul><li><strong>Another</strong><strong> Prosecution in Afghan War Crimes</strong></li><li><strong>Local Reaction to Health Bill Ruling</strong></li><li><strong>Seattle Schools Audit: Rules Not Followed</strong></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Army To Prosecute Fifth Stryker Soldier</strong></p><p>The Army will prosecute Spc. Michael Wagnon, the fifth Stryker Brigade soldier from Joint Base Lewis-McChord accused of war crimes against Afghan civilians. The News Tribune's Adam Ashton reports Wagnon <a href="">is accused of a variety of crimes</a>, including murder, conspiracy and drug use: Tue, 01 Feb 2011 14:57:32 +0000 KPLU News Staff 680 at Tuesday morning's headlines Possible deal for soldier accused in Afghan War crimes <p></p><p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px; font-size: 12px; ">There's been a significant development in the case of five Washington-based soldiers accused of killing unarmed Afghan civilians last year. The Washington Post reports a plea deal has been struck with one of the key defendants. But an Army spokesman cautions nothing's been finalized.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 01:06:45 +0000 Austin Jenkins 663 at Possible deal for soldier accused in Afghan War crimes New developments in Army war crimes case <p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px; font-size: 12px; ">A pre-trial hearing is scheduled to continue Tuesday morning for one of the five Washington-based Army soldiers charged with war crimes while deployed to Afghanistan.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 15:58:42 +0000 Austin Jenkins 197 at