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Former NFL player on stand in Afghan massacre case

By Gene Johnson

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:57 a.m. HST, Aug 22, 2013

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. » Testimony is resuming in the sentencing of the U.S. soldier who massacred 16 Afghan villagers last year with a former pro football player on the witness stand.

Marc Edwards was a high school football teammate of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales in Norwood, Ohio, who went on to play in the NFL. He testified today wearing the Super Bowl ring he won in 2002 with the New England Patriots.

Bales pleaded guilty in June in a deal to avoid the death penalty, acknowledging that he slaughtered 16 people, mostly women and children, during unsanctioned, solo, pre-dawn raids on two villages March 11, 2012. A jury is deciding whether he should be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole, or without it.

Edwards called Bales an "unbelievable leader" on the high school squad who was magnanimous when Edwards took his position on the team.

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mrluke wrote:
OK. So what?
on August 22,2013 | 07:29AM
kainalu wrote:
No kidding. This is scrapping underneath the bottom-of-the-barrel for a story.
on August 22,2013 | 08:31AM
hanalei395 wrote:
It's a story about an "underneath the bottom-of the-barrel" evil s##t who, unfortunately, won't get the death penalty.
on August 22,2013 | 08:53AM
hanalei395 wrote:
"So what" about murdering 16 people?
on August 22,2013 | 09:25AM
mrluke wrote:
"So what?" About this non-story. Not about the murders, genius.
on August 22,2013 | 12:50PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
What was Marc comment about the dead women and children? That would be more newsworthy.
on August 22,2013 | 08:46AM
HD36 wrote:
Ron Paul says this kind of civillian murder by the military causes , "Blow Back"
on August 22,2013 | 03:20PM
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