A surveillance video recorded about 4:30 a.m. that day shows a single, caped figure walking from the direction of Najiban to Belambay. The figure turns himself in to two American soldiers at Belambays gate. Those soldiers have testified that they apprehended an armed and bloodied Bales wearing some sort of cape that morning.
Several children who testified via video link from Kandahar said they saw lights around their homes, as if other soldiers were outside. One young girl wounded in Alkozai also said she saw multiple lights that night. But Robina, 7, said I saw one guy who came inside the home.
Last week, a U.S. soldier testified that he and three other junior soldiers at Bales outpost approached an Army criminal investigator with a theory that a second sergeant was involved in the killings. They based their speculation on reports from an Afghan guard that two Americans walked into Belambay late on the night of the killings, and one American left the base about 3 a.m.
The junior soldiers fingered a sergeant who was close to Bales. They were concerned that he appeared to have showered and shaved the night of the massacre when commanders checked to see who was missing from Belambay. That was conspicuous to the junior soldier who testified because soldiers at the outpost had been growing beards, and the sergeant should have had a months worth of growth on his face.
The Army investigated the sergeant, seizing his clothes and taking photographs of him. The only blood on the sergeants clothes was his own, a DNA examiner testified last week. Also, he had a full beard in a photograph taken of him two days after the killings.
In other testimony over the weekend, an Afghan teenager who suffered a gunshot wound to his leg testified from Kandahar that he saw one American soldier that night.
Browne reminded the boy, named Rafiullah, that he has told another one of Bales defense attorneys that multiple soldiers were in the fields around his home. On Saturday, Rafiullah distanced himself from that statement.
"I might have told (the defense attorney) that, but I dont remember, he said.
After seven straight days of court action and three consecutive late-night sessions to accommodate witnesses in southern Afghanistan's time zone, there is no court action today. Bales' hearing is scheduled to resume Tuesday morning.