A villager on March 11, 2012 points to where a family was said to be shot in their home by a US soldier in Alkozai, a village in Afghanistan's Kandahar province. (Photo by Mammon Durrani / AFP - Getty Images)
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was charged on March 23, 2012, with 17 counts of premeditated murder, a capital offense that could lead to the death penalty in the massacre of Afghan civilians, the U.S. military said.
The 38-year-old soldier is accused of walking off a U.S. military base with his 9mm pistol and M-4 rifle, which was outfitted with a grenade launcher, before dawn on March 11, killing nine Afghan children and eight adults and burning some of the bodies. - AP