SEATTLE, Wash. - A U.S. soldier charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians will undergo a review of his sanity beginning this weekend.
Staff Sgt. Robert Bales attorney, John Henry Browne, says his client will participate in the review by Army doctors. It will start Sunday and could last three to seven days.
Bales is accused of murdering Afghan villages during pre-dawn raids on March 11, 2011. The Army is seeking the death penalty.
Browne previously objected to the sanity review because the Army would not allow the proceedings to be recorded and would not allow Bales to have a lawyer present. However, a military judge ruled in January that Bales must participate.
Sanity reviews are aimed at discerning a defendant's mental state at the time of the crime and competency to stand trial.