Army investigator testifies as massacre hearing

Associated Press
File-In this detail of a courtroom sketch, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, center, is shown Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, during a preliminary hearing in a military courtroom at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington state. An Afghan National Army guard who reported seeing a U.S. soldier outside a remote base the night 16 civilians were massacred in March said the man did not stop even after being asked three times to do so.  The guard, named Nematullah, testified by live video from Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Friday Nov. 9, 201 during an overnight session for a hearing in the case against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.  At right is Investigating Officer Col. Lee Deneke, and at left is Bales' attorney, Emma Scanlan. (AP Photo/Lois Silver) TV OUT
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File-In this detail of a courtroom sketch, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, center, is shown Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, during a preliminary hearing in a military courtroom at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington state. An Afghan National Army guard who reported seeing a U.S. soldier outside a remote base the night 16 civilians were massacred in March said the man did not stop even after being asked three times to do so. The guard, named Nematullah, testified by live video from Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Friday Nov. 9, 201 during an overnight session for a hearing in the case against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. At right is Investigating Officer Col. Lee Deneke, and at left is Bales' attorney, Emma Scanlan. (AP Photo/Lois Silver) TV OUT

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) — An Army investigator says that one of the witnesses to the massacre of civilians in Afghanistan last March claimed that at least two American soldiers were involved.

Criminal Investigations Command Special Agent Leona Mansapit testified Saturday night during a preliminary hearing for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. Bales faces 16 counts of murder in the overnight killings at two remote villages.

Mansapit says a woman whose husband was shot named Masoma Dawood recalled seeing two soldiers.

Every other eyewitness has indicated that only one U.S. soldier was involved, and a surveillance video showed only one soldier returning to the American's base after the killings.

Interviewed months later, Dawood reported having seen two soldiers in her room, and that one of them held her back as the other shot her husband.

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