In this Aug. 23, 2011, file photo, Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System photo, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 1st platoon sergeant, Blackhorse Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division participates in an exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. The preliminary hearing for Bales, accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in March, begins Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, with villagers expected to testify by video from Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan. Bales is scheduled to appear at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for the pretrial hearing, which is expected to last two weeks. (AP Photo/DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock, File)
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JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) — The family of a soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers this year says they grieve for the victims but continue to support Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.
The preliminary hearing in the Bales case concluded Tuesday, and the military will now decide whether he should face a court-martial.
Bales’ family released a statement after the hearing, saying the testimony from victims was "painful, even heartbreaking."
However his family says they still presume his innocence and know Bales as a "good citizen, soldier, son, husband, father, uncle and sibling."