In this detail from a courtroom sketch, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, is shown, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 on the final day of a his preliminary hearing at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington state
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Death penalty sought US soldier in Afghan massacre case

A US soldier accused of killing 16 civilians - nine of them children - in southern Afghanistan in March should face the death penalty, military prosecutors say.

Several soldiers told the preliminary hearing that Sgt Robert Bales returned to their base covered in blood.

Sgt Bales' lawyer says there is not enough evidence for him to stand trial.

John McManus reports.

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