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Soldier in massacre used alcohol, steroids

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. -- Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, accused in the late-night massacre of 16 men, women and children in southern Afghanistan, was using both alcohol and steroids near the time of the murders, Army prosecutors alleged Friday.

A new charge sheet returned against the 38-year-old serviceman also accused him of burning bodies of the victims and damaging a laptop computer in a purported attempt to impede the investigation into the March 11 attacks near a remote special operations post near the town of Belambay.

The new charge sheet is the first indication of possible drug use in connection with the attacks, though it does not allege that either steroids or alcohol prompted the killings.

-- Los Angeles Times


Cannibalism suspect ranted on Facebook

JOPPATOWNE, Md. (AP) -- A college student suspected of killing and eating parts of a man staying at his home ranted months ago about "mass human sacrifices" on Facebook, one of several details that emerged Friday in the second gruesome case of alleged cannibalism in the United States in a week. Authorities say Alex Kinyua, 21, admitted using a knife to kill and carve up Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie, 37, before eating some of his body parts. The older man had been staying with Kinyua's family at their townhouse in this Baltimore suburb. Both men had attended nearby Morgan State University in Baltimore and both men were originally from Africa; Kinyua was from Kenya and Agyei-Kodie from Ghana.

The attack came a few days after another alleged instance of cannibalism in Miami where a man in Miami chewed away another man's face along a busy highway and wouldn't stop until an officer shot him to death.