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2137900 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2013-08-23 02:08:19.0 UTC 2013-08-22T22:08:19.000-04:00 staff-sgt-bales-apologizes-for-afghan-massacre published 2013-08-23 02:42:42.0 UTC 2013-08-22T22:42:42.000-04:00 news/military DTI 110786281 JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — The U.S. soldier who massacred 16 Afghan civilians during pre-dawn raids last year apologized for the first time Thursday for his "act of cowardice," but could not explain the atrocities to a military jury considering whether he should one day have a shot at freedom. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales said he would bring back the victims of his March 11, 2012, attack "in a heartbeat," if possible. "I'm truly, truly sorry to those people whose families got taken away," he said in a mostly steady voice. "I can't comprehend their loss. I think about it every time I look at my kids." Bales, a 40-year-old father of two from Lake Tapps, Wash., was serving his fourth combat deployment when he left his outpost at Camp Belambay, in Kandahar Province, in the middle of the night to attack the villages. He pleaded guilty in June, and the six-member jury is deciding whether his life sentence should include the chance of parole. His attorneys previously made much of Bales' repeated deployments and suggested that post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury may have played a role in the killings. But they offered no testimony from medical experts on that point. Instead, they rested their defense after Bales finished speaking Thursday. Closing arguments were scheduled this morning. Associated Press News, Military Staff Sgt. Bales apologizes for Afghan massacre By GENE JOHNSON A soldier calls his killings of 16 Afghan civilians "cowardice."<br /><br />1 inch 1 inch of body type 1 inch 1 inch of body type 1 inch 1 inch of body type 1 inch 1 inch of 4STA Main Apology for massacre <p><b>F</b>ORT HOOD, Texas </p><p><b>Fort Hood shooter declines to address jury</b></p><p>The Army psychiatrist on trial for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood passed on his final chance to address jurors before they started deliberating Thursday, even after prosecutors insisted they hand down a verdict that would allow the death penalty. </p><p>Maj. Nidal Hasan is accused of killing 13 people and wounding 30 others. He is acting as his own attorney.</p><p>Jurors deliberated about three hours before asking the judge if they could review testimony from the Fort Hood police officer who shot the gunman and ended the rampage. The judge agreed, then dismissed jurors for the night. Deliberations are to resume this morning. </p><p>Associated Press</p> AP DATASTREAM TEST 2 Associated Press bales082313 Apology for massacre 2013-08-23 04:00:00.0 UTC 2013-08-23T00:00:00.000-04:00 1 A police officer walks in front of the heavily fortified Lawrence H. Williams Judicial Center as the court martial of Army Maj. Nidal Hasan continued Thursday in Fort Hood, Texas. /resources/images/dti/2013/08/0431737876_11356403.jpg Associated Press /resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/08/0431737876_11356403_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/08/0431737876_11356403_8col.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2013/08/22/110786281-staff-sgt-bales-apologizes-for-afghan-massacre StaffArticle news,militaryMilitaryJOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — The U.S. soldier who massacred 16 Afghan civilians during pre-dawn raids last year apologized for the first time Thursday for his "act of cowardice," but could not explain the atrocities to a military jury considering whether he should one day have a shot at freedom.News, MilitaryNews, Military<span style="display:none;" class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Associated Press</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.ap.org/company/Terms-conditions" id="license-2137900">Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Associated Press.</a>Associated Press 2281440 2016-06-13 11:00:00.0 UTC 2 Months Ago in-ybor-city-hundreds-mourn-the-victims-of-the-orlando-massacre news/publicsafety/crime In Ybor City, hundreds mourn the victims of the Orlando massacre StaffArticle 2281392 2016-06-12 23:24:14.0 UTC 2 Months Ago survivors-of-orlando-massacre-recall-struggle-to-stay-alive news/publicsafety/crime Survivors of Orlando massacre recall struggle to stay alive StaffArticle 2281444 2016-06-13 12:51:17.0 UTC 2 Months Ago across-the-world-shock-and-condemnation-at-orlando-massacre news/world Across the world, shock and condemnation at Orlando massacre StaffArticle <p>JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — The U.S. soldier who massacred 16 Afghan civilians during pre-dawn raids last year apologized for the first time Thursday for his &quot;act of cowardice,&quot; but could not explain the atrocities to a military jury considering whether he should one day have a shot at freedom. </p> <p>Staff Sgt. Robert Bales said he would bring back the victims of his March 11, 2012, attack &quot;in a heartbeat,&quot; if possible. </p> <p>&quot;I'm truly, truly sorry to those people whose families got taken away,&quot; he said in a mostly steady voice. &quot;I can't comprehend their loss. I think about it every time I look at my kids.&quot; </p> <p>Bales, a 40-year-old father of two from Lake Tapps, Wash., was serving his fourth combat deployment when he left his outpost at Camp Belambay, in Kandahar Province, in the middle of the night to attack the villages. </p> <p>He pleaded guilty in June, and the six-member jury is deciding whether his life sentence should include the chance of parole. </p> <p>His attorneys previously made much of Bales' repeated deployments and suggested that post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury may have played a role in the killings. But they offered no testimony from medical experts on that point. </p> <p>Instead, they rested their defense after Bales finished speaking Thursday. Closing arguments were scheduled this morning.</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:49:18