JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, accused of killing 16 villagers and wounding six more in Afghanistan, will undergo a government sanity review this weekend to determine his mental state, his attorneys said.
Bales faces a military court-martial with the possibility of receiving the death penalty. His attorneys had previously opposed a sanity review, saying that the process was too favorable to military prosecutors, who also have opposed Bales' hopes for an insanity plea.
Bales would not have an attorney present during his review — a concern of his attorneys — but the military judge overseeing the case has agreed that the results of the exam would not automatically be shared with prosecutors, his attorneys told the Associated Press.
Six Afghan civilians visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord last week to meet with both prosecution and defense attorneys, Army spokesman Lt. Col. Gary Dangerfield told the Los Angeles Times.