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Soldier's lawyer plans trip to Afghanistan
Afghan killings suspect's lawyer says he is planning trip to Afghanistan to gather evidence
By The Associated Press

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) ' The lawyer for the Army staff sergeant suspected of killing 16 Afghan civilians is questioning the quality of the evidence against his client and plans to travel to Afghanistan to gather his own.

John Henry Browne says he doesn't know the evidence against Robert Bales, saying there is no forensic evidence or confessions. Browne says the villages where the military believes Bales went on a shooting rampage on March 11 is "not like a crime scene in the United States."

The 38-year-old Bales has not been charged yet. Browne expects that he will be charged this week.

The killings sparked protests in Afghanistan, endangered relations between the two countries and threatened to upend American policy over the decade-old war.

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