Karilyn Bales speaks with NBC The wife of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who was formally charged on Friday with 17 counts of premeditated murder for the deliberate killing of 17 Afghan civilians, told "The Today Show" on Monday that she doesn't believe her husband committed the crime.
"I just don't think he was involved," Karilyn Bales told NBC's Matt Lauer.
Bales turned himself in after leaving his base on March 11 and shooting civilians at two separate locations. The victims included nine children and a pregnant woman; Bales is also accused of attempting to burn the bodies of the victims. His lawyers told Reuters that Bales "really doesn't have any memory" of the shooting.
"He loves children, he's like a big kid himself," his wife said. "I have no idea what happened, but he would not ... he loves children, and he would not do that."