A U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 Afghanistan civilians is being represented by attorney John Henry Browne. Browne has a history of controversial and media hyped cases, including serial killer Ted Bundy.
Browne's former client was Bundy, a man who was once on the FBI's 10 most wanted fugitives list. Bundy confessed to more than 30 murders before his 1989 execution in Florida. The attorney has also defended Benjamin Ng, a mass murderer responsible for Washington state's worst mass killing, CNN reported.
More recently, the attorney represented Colton Harris-Moore, or the Barefoot Bandit. Moore has been accused of stealing at least four small aircrafts, a boat, and a car among other things. The Barefoot Bandit is currently serving 6 1/2 years in jail.
Sources close to CNN have identified the U.S. solider as 38-year-old Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, but according to policy, the military will not officially name a solider until he or she is charged. The solider is accused of leaving his post to go house to house in villages in the Panjwai district on a killing spree, CNN reported. Four homes in the village had been affected by the massacre, with nine of the 16 victims of the village being children.
A U.S. official told Bloomberg News that the U.S. Soldier's fatal actions could be blamed on stress due to a fourth deployment, a troubled marriage and alcohol. However, Browne disagrees with the statement, and in a press conference at the attorney's Seattle office on March 15, stated, This is a very strong marriage. There's a lot of love, a lot of respect, two children.
The soldier, who was expected to arrive at a U.S. military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas on Friday, has been waiting for his U.S. trial in Kuwait. Afghans, on the other hand, have been demanding that the U.S. soldier returns to Afghanistan to stand trial.
This isn't Browne's first military trial. According to Fox News, the attorney has worked on three to four military cases. Even with his experience, the U.S. soldier will also have a military lawyer beside him in court.
If the soldier is found guilty of the murders, former president of the National Institute of Military Justice, Eugene Fidell, told Bloomberg that the accused has the possibility of facing a death sentence.