Would Massacre Suspect Get Death Penalty?

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians.
2:38 | 03/19/12

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The latest on US army staff Sargent Robert -- this morning lawyers are meeting for the first time within. He is alleged to have slaughtered sixteen Afghan civilians in a brutal Rampage last Sunday and could face charges today. ABC's Neal Karlinsky is outside Washington State's joint base Lewis McCord where bales was stationed with the very latest on all of -- good morning -- Probably good morning -- the -- -- Sargent Robert -- really begins his defense -- be meeting with his attorneys there in Kansas all day long today trying to explain himself and that is a tall order his life. May very well depend on it. Overnight Sargent Robert fields lawyers landed in Kansas for their first piece to piece busy inside the high security prison or eleven. You can imagine more difficult case they don't take. I mean every challenge him in the -- as political ramifications and has slowed legal ramifications as social ramifications. You couldn't imagine. The bigger case. Their client to the man some describe as a virtual he's stuck in what more can do to a person. Neighbors friends and fellow soldiers old describe an easy going family man. The soldiers and tells ABC news that she has been left broken hearted by the news. It's like you're talking about two totally different people you're not an every older woman on the street calls him my body. Not -- -- we don't know who -- -- -- says it's my body. Michelle -- and her brother Michael Blevins grew up across the street from bales and Ohio. They idolize the Little League Baseball player who grew to be captain of its high school football team. A young man who took care of it disabled neighbor after school and went -- finance in his early twenties. It's from the time I was able to walk -- I was pretty much. -- in his heels watching what he was doing then. Being there's as much -- and -- Just to learn from him. Things changed after he enlisted following 9/11 between 32 wars in Iraq there were scuffles with the law in assault charge court ordered anger management. In financial troubles. His wife writing on her blog that he was very disappointed not to get a promotion last year after all the sacrifices he's made for his love of country. The family was planning to move -- and just put their house up for sale when the massacre happen. They're very supportive and very loving -- -- when I'm really happy to be helping -- them. Charges haven't been filed yet in this case but -- is almost certainly facing the death penalty -- that is an incredibly big deal here because the military. Hasn't executed anyone since 1961. Robin we keep in mind all right -- thank you.

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