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Attorney says government will have trouble proving case

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The attorney for the U.S. soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians says his client has memory problems that pre-date the March 11 shootings.

John Henry Browne said Friday that he spent 11 hours this week with Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales in detention at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Bales is expected to be formally charged Friday including 17 counts of murder as well as a string of other offenses.

Browne has said that Bales earlier suffered a "serious" concussion, and that it was not treated "for a variety of reasons," but Browne did not go into detail.

Browne said his reaction to the government's allegations is: "Prove it." And he said he believes the government will have difficulty proving its case against Bales. He said "there is no crime scene" and a lack of important physical evidence like fingerprints.

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