UPDATE: Bergdahl judge disallows wounded soldier evidence

Posted at 2:50 PM, Dec 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-16 16:50:15-05

A military judge overseeing the court-martial of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has ruled that he will not allow any evidence of soldiers being wounded while searching for him.

Prosecutors say Bergdahl triggered dangerous search missions by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009. One soldier was shot in the head and suffered a traumatic brain injury, and another required hand surgery on a particular search mission.

But Bergdahl's defense said many other factors having little or nothing to do with Bergdahl also were involved in that mission.

Before Army Col. Jeffery Nance ruled to disallow the evidence, the judge said "Sgt. Bergdahl is not responsible for a never-ending chain of events."

Nance said that evidence of horrific injuries could unfairly prejudice jurors, and that prosecutors have other evidence they can use to show endangerment.

Bergdahl's military trial is scheduled for April 2017.

(by Associated Press)