SEATTLE – Doctors will
evaluate the soldier charged with gunning down 16 people in an Afghan village
before his attorneys can claim a sanity defense.
The military judge
overseeing the case of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales says he will require Bales to
undergo an official review of his sanity before he can present any mental
health defense to charges of massacring Afghan civilians.
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.