Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Military officials in Baghdad say the U.S. Army sergeant charged with murdering five fellow soldiers yesterday was due to leave Iraq soon after serving multiple tours there.
Maj. Gen. David Perkins tells reporters in Baghdad that Sgt. John Russell had been referred to the counseling clinic at Camp Liberty by his superiors, presumably because of concern over his mental state. He says there are conflicting accounts of exactly what happened, but Russell's weapon had been taken away and he somehow got a new one.
In Washington, a Pentagon official says the alleged assailant had been escorted to the clinic and, once there, got into an argument with staff and was asked to leave. The official says Russell allegedly grabbed his escort's weapon and returned to the clinic.
Two military doctors and three enlisted personnel seeking treatment were killed.