(WASHINGTON) — Just moments after allegedly murdering more than a dozen Afghan civilians in an apparent unprovoked attack, American staff sergeant Robert Bales called his wife and told her “something terrible” had happened, the wife’s lawyer told ABC News on Friday.
Robert Bales called his wife Kari from Afghanistan apparently after he had surrendered to coalition forces there and spoke to her for about three minutes before the call was cut off, attorney Lance Rosen said.
It wasn’t until Bales was back in the U.S. that Bales spoke to his wife again Wednesday.
According to Rosen, the two did not discuss the case against Bales in the more recent call, but spoke about the couple’s two young children.
“It was so good to hear his voice,” Kari Bales told Rosen.
Bales was charged Friday with 17 counts of murder, plus six counts of aggravated assault and six counts of attempted murder.
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Chandra Johnson, Deseret News
Jamie K. White, CNN