U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in Panjwai, Kandahar, Afghanistan March 11 within a span of 3 hours.
Speaking at a preliminary hearing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington Sunday, Maj. Khudai Dad, chief of criminal techniques for the Afghan police in the province of Kandahar, said he doubts a single person could have killed so many people in such a wide area in the space of 3 hours, the Los Angeles Times reported.
"I was thinking, and I am thinking, that this is not the thing that one person can do," Dad said.
Dad said he walked the area separating the three housing compounds hit by a gunman on the night of March 11 and estimated the compounds were about 4 miles apart.
"If it's only one person, one person cannot go to three different places," Dad said.
"One person [would] not have the courage to go to two villages in dark night," Dad testified.
During cross-examination, military prosecutors raised questions about whether he had accurately assessed the distance separating the housing compounds.