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Sanity review set in Afghan attack

Military judge orders exam by neutral doctors

SEATTLE — An Army staff sergeant accused in a massacre of Afghan civilians must undergo an official sanity review before a mental health defense can be presented, the military judge in the case said Thursday.

Staff Sergeant Robert Bales deferred entering a plea Thursday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to 16 counts of premeditated murder and other charges related to a nighttime attack on two villages last March. The Army is seeking the death penalty.

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