Courtesy Maj. Brent Clemmer / U.S. Army

The lead attorney for the western Washington soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians says his client has gaps in his memory about the night of the massacre.  Seattle lawyer John Henry Browne met with Staff Sergeant Robert Bales  Monday for seven hours at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. That’s where Bales is being held in pretrial detention. After the meeting, Browne told reporters that his client’s state of mind is “confused.”  “He doesn’t remember everything of the evening in question. That doesn’t mean he has amnesia.”

Soldiers At Lewis-McChord Shocked After Afghan Massacre

Mar 12, 2012
Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

LAKEWOOD, Wash. – The U.S. soldier who allegedly massacred at least 16 Afghan civilians is reported to be from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, near Tacoma, Washington.   Soldiers assigned to the base express shock at the violence and concern about retaliation.

One Lewis-McChord Stryker brigade is already in Afghanistan. Another is on its way soon. At a uniform alterations shop near post, Army rucksacks ready to go line the floor and a steady stream of soldiers come in to pick up their battle ready uniforms.