The lawyer representing a US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in their homes has said there is little proof of his client's guilt.
John Henry Browne said there was "no forensic evidence" against Staff Sgt Robert Bales and "no confession".
He also dismissed reports suggesting Sgt Bales, 38, was having financial troubles as irrelevant to the case.
Sgt Bales is being held a military detention centre awaiting charges, which are expected this week.
The killings have undermined US relations with Kabul and led to calls for Nato to speed up their planned withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
After meeting with Sgt Bales at a US army base in Kansas, Mr Browne told reporters: "We've all heard the allegations. I don't know that the government has proved much."
Sgt Bales is the only known suspect in the killings - despite repeated Afghan assertions that more than one American was involved.
Mr Browne said he now plans to travel to Afghanistan to gather his own evidence. Read more at the BBC....