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Originally published Monday, November 5, 2012 at 11:24 PM

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Wife of accused soldier says she'll attend hearing

The wife of an American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers says she hopes for a fair and unprejudiced proceeding if her husband is brought to trial.

The Associated Press

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JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. —

The wife of an American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers says she hopes for a fair and unprejudiced proceeding if her husband is brought to trial.

A preliminary hearing began Monday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the case of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. He faces 16 counts of premeditated murder and six counts of attempted murder. The hearing will help determine whether the case goes to a court martial.

Karilyn Bales tells KING-TV ( http://is.gd/aBm0En) that, in her words, "It all seems incomprehensible to me. This is not something he would do, not the Bob I know."

She says she and her two young children have used weekend visits with Bales for family time.

Karilyn Bales says her heart aches for the victims, nine of them children.

She tells KING she plans to attend the hearing to support her husband, but she knows it won't be easy.

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Information from: KING-TV, http://www.king5.com/

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