Wife of Afghan Shooting Suspect Offers Condolences

SEATTLE (AP) — The wife of the U.S. soldier held in the slayings of 16 Afghan villagers is offering condolences to the victims’ families and says she too wants to know what happened.

Karilyn Bales issued a statement through a Seattle lawyer Monday, for the first time offering her comments on a case that has threatened to upend American policy over the decade-old war.

Her husband, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales of Lake Tapps, Wash., is being detained at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. He has not yet been charged.

Karilyn Bales says her family and her in-laws are profoundly sad. She says what they’ve read and seen in news reports is “completely out of character of the man I know and admire.”

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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