A U.S. soldier who killed 16 unarmed Afghan civilians in March of 2012 - offers an apology for what he calls "an act of cowardice."
Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales told a jury in a Washington state military courtroom, quote:
"I am truly, truly sorry to all the people whose family members I have taken away. I have murdered their families."
"What I did is an act of cowardice."
The defense has argued Bales suffered a breakdown under the pressures of deployment while the prosecution has contended he acted alone and with premeditation.
Closing arguments are expected on Friday.