Seattle (CNN) -- The attorney for an American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghans raised issues of stress and multiple deployments Friday that hinted at a possible defense strategy.
Even as John Henry Browne spoke, his client was on his way to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
The soldier had been in protective custody in Kuwait and was expected to arrive Friday evening at Fort Leavenworth, Browne said.
The civilian attorney said he had spoken with the soldier Thursday and he seemed distant, like a deer in the headlights. Their conversation was curt because Browne said he did not believe the phone lines were secure.
But he said he was wary of why the soldier was deployed to Afghanistan after three tours of Iraq left him with mental and physical injury.