Six Afghan civilians who plan to testify at the court-martial for Kandahar massacre suspect Staff Sgt. Robert Bales traveled to Joint Base Lewis-McChord last week to prepare for the trial.
Lt. Col. Gary Dangerfield, a spokesman for Lewis-McChords I Corps, confirmed that the witnesses visited the base last week and returned to Afghanistan.
They stayed at accommodations on the base and met with attorneys from the Army prosecution team and Bales lawyers.
Dangerfield said the discussions were not depositions. They were intended to help the Afghans become familiar with the court-martial process they will experience if Bales case takes place in September as scheduled.