US soldier recalls little about killings

Army Staff Sgt Robert Bales remembers little about the night he is accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians in a nighttime shooting rampage, his lawyer says.

He has a sketchy memory of events from before and after the killings but recalls very little or nothing of the time the military believes he went on a shooting spree through two Afghan villages, attorney John Henry Browne said Monday after meeting his client for the first time.

Browne and other members of Bales’ defence team have said they plan more meetings with the soldier.

Meanwhile, more details have come to light about Bales’ troubles on the home front. Records show he owes $1.5 million from an arbitration ruling nearly a decade ago that found him guilty of securities fraud.

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