The Army has dropped a murder charge against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is accused of gunning down civilians in Afghanistan in March.

Bales' attorney Emma Scanlan told the Associated Press that she isn't surprised that a charge was dropped because talk was that the number of people killed in the shooting rampage was over-counted.

But while Bales is facing one less murder charges, other charges have been added.

As it now stands, Bales is facing 16 counts of premeditated murder. He has also been charged with attempted murder, assault, possessing and using steroids as well as destroying a laptop, burning bodies and for alcohol use.