KARILYN BALES, WIFE OF SERGEANT ROBERT BALES, THE AMERICAN SOLDIER ACCUSED OF KILLING 16 AFGHAN CIVILIANS, SITS DOWN FOR HER FIRST LIVE NETWORK INTERVIEW TO DISCUSS THE ALLEGATIONS FACING HER HUSBAND AS WELL AS HIS UPCOMING TRIAL ON “CBS THIS MORNING”
BALES TELLS CO-HOST ERICA HILL AND CBS NEWS SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT JEFF GLOR, “I TRULY BELIEVE THAT MY HUSBAND DID NOT DO THIS. I REALLY JUST WANT THE FACTS TO COME OUT THROUGH THE FAIR TRIAL.”
Karilyn Bales, wife of Sergeant Robert Bales, the American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians, sat down for her first live network interview to discuss the allegations facing her husband as well as his upcoming trial with co-host Erica Hill and CBS News Special Correspondent Jeff Glor, today, July 2, 2012, on CBS THIS MORNING on the CBS Television Network (7:00 AM – 9:00 AM).
Below are excerpts from the interview.
GLOR: What happened when you first heard?
BALES: I was completely shocked. I didn't believe what they were telling me. I didn’t believe that my husband was involved at all.
GLOR: And you still don't?
BALES: I still do not, no. I want to know what happened. I don't know what happened. I don't think that anyone really knows what happened. I believe that's why we need a fair trial. All Americans deserve a fair trial.
HILL: There's nothing that you’ve learned in the interim that gives you a better picture at all, as you're starting to make sense of this and try to understand those moments?
BALES: I think that the details that came out originally were very confusing. They didn't make a lot of sense. They were sensationalized. A lot of untruths about me and my husband, and our life. It makes it hard to believe anything that came out.
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HILL: You've never actually asked him about what happened. Why is that? Is it that you're not ready to hear it or have you been advised not to by an attorney?
BALES: I just don't need to ask him. I know my husband and it's not a question I really need to ask. I know him. I know what he's capable of and not capable of. I don't need to ask the question.
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HILL: If for some reason your husband is found guilty, have you thought about what that reality would be like or what that would bring?
BALES: At this point I haven't gotten that far. I truly believe that my husband did not do this. I really just want the facts to come out through the fair trial.
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