JBLM court-martial under way in Afghan killings

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JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- The court-martial of an Army sergeant accused of killing three Afghan civilians is expected to run until Friday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Calvin Gibbs of Billings, Mont., has pleaded not guilty to 16 charges including murder.

Prosecutors say he was the highest-ranking member of a team that killed three unarmed men early last year in Afghanistan and then dropped weapons near the bodies to make them appear to be combatants.

Gibbs maintains they were killed in combat as far as he knew. His lawyer says four co-defendants conspired to blame him when they were caught.