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Afghan Killing Suspect Dogged By Money, Job Strife

Bales Is Accused Of Killing 16 Afghan Villagers (Photo AP) Bales Is Accused Of Killing 16 Afghan Villagers (Photo AP)
LAKE TAPPS, Wash. -

A diverging portrait of the Army sergeant accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers is emerging.

Records and interviews reveal a man appreciated by friends and family who won military commendations, yet one who faced professional disappointment, financial trouble and brushes with the law.

Robert Bales was bypassed for promotion, struggling to pay for his house and looking for a way out of his job at a Washington state military base months before he was accused of the horrific nighttime slaughter in two villages in Afghanistan.

The 38-year-old is being held in an isolated cell at the military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His lawyer says he expect to meet with Bales tomorrow.

A military legal expect says he expects Bales will be charged within a week.
   

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