Soldier’s mental state concerning before shootings



FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — An Army chaplain says he’d been worried about the deteriorating mental state of a soldier now charged in the 2009 fatal shootings of five service members at a combat stress clinic in Iraq.

Capt. Peter Keough testified Tuesday during a military hearing at Fort Leavenworth that will determine whether Sgt. John Russell stands trial on charges including premeditated murder.

Keough says he and others became increasingly concerned about Russell in weeks before the shootings at Camp Liberty and tried to get him assistance.

Earlier Tuesday, Sgt. Dominic Morales testified that he took cover as Russell walked through the clinic shooting and heard soldiers who’d been hit crying out “oh God, oh God.”

The testimony came shortly before Amy prosecutors wrapped up their case. Defense attorneys will begin their case Wednesday.