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Wife defends soldier accused in Afghan rampage

first_imgSEATAC (AP) — The wife of a U.S. soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians said her husband showed no signs of PTSD before he deployed, and she doesn’t feel like she’ll ever believe he was involved in the killings.“I don’t know a lot about the symptoms of PTSD, so I wouldn’t know,” Karilyn Bales told NBC’s “Today” show. “He doesn’t have nightmares, you know, things like that. No dreams,” she said.She defended her husband, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, in a weekend interview with Matt Lauer that aired Monday. Officials say Bales left his base March 11 in southern Afghanistan and killed eight Afghan adults and nine children.The wife of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier said the accusations are “unbelievable to me.”“He loves children, he’s like a big kid himself,” she said. “I have no idea what happened, but he would not … he loves children, and he would not do that.”He was formally charged Friday with 17 counts of premeditated murder and other crimes, and is being held at a U.S. military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.last_img read more