The Seattle attorney who represented the "Barefoot Bandit" says he will defend the U.S. soldier accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians in the dead of night, The News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash, reports.
John Henry Browne said he spoke by phone early today with the staff sergeant, who was transferred Wednesday from Afghanistan to Kuwait. Browne said he is making arrangements to meet with him soon. The Pentagon has not yet identified the sergeant, whose home base is Joint Base Lewis-McChord, near Tacoma. Browne declined to name his client.
The soldier has been represented so far by a military lawyer. It's not yet known where he will be tried.
Separately, The News Tribune writes that there is "a fair chance he will be detained and tried" at Lewis-McChord, according to military law experts interviewed.
Browne recently represented Colton Harris-Moore, the so-called Barefoot Bandit who stole airplanes during his two-year flight from police. He was sentenced in December to 6½ years in prison for an international crime spree.