Lawyer describes chat with Afghan killings suspect

GENE JOHNSON JOHN MILBURN Associated Press Published:

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) -- An attorney for the American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians says meeting his client in person was one of the most emotional meetings of his life.

Seattle lawyer John Henry Browne flew to Kansas on Sunday to meet with Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, and spent three-and-a-half hours with him Monday morning at Fort Leavenworth.

Bales is being held in isolation at the military prison. They were to meet again in the afternoon.

Browne spoke briefly by telephone with The Associated Press during a lunch break.

Browne says Bales clarified one story: It was two days before the Afghan shootings when one of Bales' friends, another soldier, had his leg blown off by a roadside bomb.

Browne says Bales didn't witness the explosion but saw the aftermath.