let's turn now to this story, the army staff sergeant accused of killing 16 civilians in
is expected to meet with his attorney face-to-face for the first time today. this, as we're learning more about the accused soldier's life and family. nbc's
in kansas. john, good morning to you.
good morning, matt. since he arrived here at
, staff sergeant robert bales has been spending most of his time alone in his cell. today, as you say, he is expected to meet with his attorney for the first time as he awaits
in that deadly rampage in
. while 38-year-old staff sergeant robert bales is in solitary confinement --
-- a crush of reporters greeted his attorney as he arrived to prepare his defense.
i couldn't imagine what a difficult case, i don't think. the ramifications, legal ramifications, social ramifications.
those who know bales are shocked at the accusations. in his neighborhood outside seattle --
super nice family. nice people. nice parents. i mean, nice friends. i just -- i am completely blown away.
in the cincinnati suburb where he played
high school football
and was sophomore
this is not our bobby. i swear this is a major mistake. got the wrong name.
bales enlisted in the army after 9/11, giving up a job as a stockbroker. since
he's been sent overseas four times. three times to iraq, where he was wounded twice, though he did not receive the
. while serving in iraq two years ago, bales' frustration was evident in a message received by a friend. overseas is boring this trip, pretty dumb. giving money to expletive instead of bullets just don't seem right. in a blog his wife detailed the strain at home, writing about
when he left from one deployment. last year, when her husband was passed over for promotion, she wrote she was disappointed after all of the work bob has done, and all the sacrifices he has made for his love of his country, family, and friends. he lives in a seattle suburb with his wife and their two small children. they've all been moved to a
for their own protection.
i remember the two little kids. everything was a sir at the end of it. i knew he was military.
just two days after the shooting rampage in
, the bales put their house up for sale. their realtor saying they would need tens of thousands of dollars, just one part of the picture of bales being pieced to the by prosecutors and his defense team. those
could come as soon as later this week. and his attorney says that bales' wife is expected to come here to visit him. but he can't say just when yet. matt?
covering this story in kansas for us. john, thank you very much.