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At 3 o'clock the US -- today officially filed murder charges against the American soldier accused.
In the brutal massacre of men women and children in southern Afghanistan.
He -- staff sergeant Robert -- the military had reported that sixteen Afghan civilians died in the shooting spree earlier this month.
But today officials charge the soldier was seventeen counts of premeditated murder they have not revealed many details about how that number went up.
The suspect also faces six counts of attempted murder.
And six counts of aggravated assault the soldier remains in custody today at the military's only maximum security prison.
In Fort Leavenworth Kansas officials confirm he could ultimately face the death penalty.
But experts say that is unlikely.
Jennifer Griffin with the new -- live today the Pentagon -- describe the situation at Fort Leavenworth today.
Well a military judge advocate general that's a jag officer.
-- its staff sergeant Robert bails us.
-- at Fort Leavenworth and read him the charges not long ago we now have -- press release from the military that those charges.
Have been read it was a formality a -- -- into an article 32 hearing in which the military prosecution.
Will lay out its case sergeant -- civilian lawyer told CBS his client is still in shock.
These kind of in shock.
Not kind of he didn't really know the nature of the specific allegations when I met with him.
You actually didn't go through a lot.
We just spent eleven hours getting to know which -- they're talking about his service in Iraq and Afghanistan -- What he's gone through which.
Very difficult for me to even listen to.
And we've just learned that that seventeenth.
A victim of the shooting spree was an Afghan mail.
That there was a discrepancy in those first 24 hours at first we heard there were sixteen victims.
But now we've learned from the military there were seventeen and the seventeenth was an Afghan mail according to the charges premeditated murder if proven.
Could result in the death penalty and carries a minute mandatory minimum sentence of life imprisonment -- met with eligibility for parole Trace.
But get that -- you just put a SoundBite from John Henry brown has also indicated that there is no forensic evidence in this case right.
That's what he says John Henry brown has been very vocal as you know he's spoken to a number of networks.
And he says this was not exactly if CSI -- crime scene out in this Afghan village and he's questioning whether there is any forensic evidence in fact.
There have already been contradictions from the village as we mentioned the sixteen -- seventeen victims.
And for two weeks we were led to believe there word only sixteen brown says his client can't remember much from that night.
He has some memories about what happened before the alleged events and some memories after the alleged events.
-- -- The windows here in there into things but he really doesn't have any memory and and in my.
Comedians -- then clearly indicates to me he's got memory problems and go -- long before that.
There were five Afghans wounded and week.
Understand that they could in fact be brought to the US to bear witness in this case kept can't Trace.
Jennifer Griffin live force the Pentagon Jennifer thank you let's take this dot --
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