Wife of Afghan suspect asks ‘I want to know how this could be’

The wife of Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians, issued a statement Monday saying that she is also trying to understand how the massacre could have occurred.

“Our family has little information beyond what we read and see in the media. What has been reported is completely out of character of the man I know and admire,” said Karilyn Bales, according to ABC News Seattle affiliate KOMO-TV.

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“I too want to know what happened,” she said. “I want to know how this could be.”

Bales, whose husband is being held in military custody at Ft. Leavenworth in Kansas and is expected to be charged soon with the murder of 16 Afghan civilians, said her family extends its condolences to those in Afghanistan who had family members killed.

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“The victims and their families are all in my prayers, as is my husband who I love very much,” Karilyn Bales said.

On Monday, Robert Bales met with his attorney, John Henry Browne, for the first time. Browne, who defended serial killer Ted Bundy and the “barefoot bandit,” told the Associated Press that the two met for more than three hours Monday.

"What's going on the ground in Afghanistan, you read about it. I read about it. But it's totally different when you hear about it from somebody who's been there," Browne told the AP. "It's just really emotional."

Karilyn Bales, whose husband was first named publicly on Friday, asked the media in her statement to give her family “some peace and time as we try to make sense of something that makes no sense at all.”


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