By GENE JOHNSONAssociated Press
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) - Jurors at a military base south of Seattle are deliberating whether Staff Sgt. Robert Bales should serve life in prison with or without the chance of parole for the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians.
In closing arguments Friday, Army prosecutors said Bales was a man of no moral compass, whose own "stomach churning" words proved he knew what he was doing when he set out to attack two villages before dawn on March 11, 2012.
The defense suggested that a decade of seeing other soldiers killed left Bales in a darkness that "swallowed him whole."
Bales pleaded guilty in a deal to avoid the death penalty. Five of the six jurors must agree for prosecutors to win a sentence of life without parole.
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