US soldier to speak about Afghan massacre

Associated Press
FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2011, file photo provided by the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System, shows Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales during an exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif.  Bales, an Army staff sergeant charged with slaughtering 16 villagers in one of the worst atrocities of the Afghanistan war, is expected to plead guilty Wednesday June 5, 2013 in an attempt to avoid the death penalty. (AP Photo/DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock, File)
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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2011, file photo provided by the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System, …

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) — Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the American soldier charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians during nighttime raids on two villages last year, is expected to plead guilty Wednesday to avoid the death penalty. He is also expected speak in a military courtroom about the slayings.

This is what AP reporters and photographers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord south of Seattle are learning about the events unfolding:

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HUGE MEDIA PRESENCE

The number of media vehicles waiting for the Bales hearing was so large that a regular lane of traffic was blocked off near the JBLM gate to accommodate them before moving the first group to the security screening area. There, as with past hearings, vehicles had to have all doors open and were screened by a dog and a handler wearing a bullet proof vest. As media filed in to the work area, John Henry Browne and Lance Rosen, attorneys for Bales and his family, were seen talking in a separate parking lot. It looks like that for this hearing, media in the work area will have a four-camera split-screen view of the proceedings, in order to show different areas of the courtroom.

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