Staff Sgt Robert Bales appeared in a courtroom for his arraignment on 16 counts of premeditated murder and other charges.
Staff Sgt Robert Bales was formally charged last week with the murders of eight adults and nine children in Kandahar on March 11.
Afghanistan`s Taliban vowed to take revenge on NATO forces for the killing of 17 civilians.
John Henry Browne declined to discuss the assault accusations because he said it has no bearing on the Afghanistan matter.
US Army Staff Sgt Robert Bales was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, a capital offense that could lead to the death penalty.
The Army staff sergeant accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians in a nighttime shooting rampage has a sketchy memory of the night of the massacre, his lawyer has said.
US Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales is suspected of walking off his base in southern Afghanistan and gunning down 16 villagers.
The US soldier is suspected of going on a shooting rampage in villages near his base in southern Afghanistan early Sunday.
Day in Pics: 28th January
Showbiz World - January 28, 2015
President Barack Obama's speech at Siri Fort auditorium