The attorney representing Robert Bales, the American soldier accused of shooting and killing 17 civilians in Afghanistan says his client has memory problems that have kept him from explaining what may have happened the night of the shooting spree. Bales, his lawyer says, also can't remember what–if any–medications he was taking.
As for defending Bales, attorney John Henry Browne says PTSD will certainly play a role, but for prosecutors, it will be a "tough case to prove."
In an exclusive interview set to air tonight on CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront, attorney John Henry Browne tells Erin Burnett his client, Robert Bales, does not understand the charges against him involving the shooting deaths of 17 civilians–including children–in Afghanistan:
I don't think so, to be honest with you. I'm– we've told him– he knew what the allegations were before I met with him. He knew in Kuwait as they told him. And– there's something been misreported– which I think it'd be fun to clear up– I mean, good to clear up. And– and that is– when he called his wife, when he called Karilyn from Kuwait, he said, "Something terrible has happened." And that's been reported in the media as some sort of admission– about what may– or may not have happened in the allegations.
The full interview airs at 7 p.m. ET on CNN.