Details emerge about US suspect in Afghan massacre

ADAM GELLER AP National Writer Published:

He is the suspect without a name. His identity is as shadowed now as the night the Army says he slipped into a pair of slumbering Afghan villages and slaughtered 16 civilians whose safety was his assigned mission.

A portrait of the 38-year-old staff sergeant accused in Sunday's massacre is beginning to emerge.

He is married with two small children. He lost part of one foot because of injuries suffered in Iraq during one of his three tours of duty there.

His lawyer, John Henry Browne, says that the 11-year veteran didn't want to go to Afghanistan when he heard he was being sent there in December. Browne also says the soldier saw a comrade's leg blown off a day before the rampage.