Father: Army 'broke' soldier accused of killing 5

SHERMAN, Texas (AP) - The father of a U.S. soldier accused of killing five fellow troops in Iraq said his son "forfeited his life" and said the military bore some responsibility.

Seventy-three-year-old Wilburn Russell said yesterday that 44-year-old Army Sgt. John Russell wasn't typically a violent person.

Russell says counselors "broke" his son before gunfire erupted in a military stress center Monday in Baghdad.

His father said the younger Russell was at the stress center to transition out of active duty.

He said his son was undergoing stressful mental tests that he didn't understand were merely tests, "so they broke him."

He said he hates, quote "what that boy did."

Russell spoke in front of the two-story house his son is buying with his German wife in a new subdivision.

He said he was sorry for the families too.


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