Soldier Back From Iraq War Allegedly Drowns Wife In Tub
POSTED: 6:31 a.m. EDT April 23, 2004
TACOMA, Wash. -- An Army sergeant recently back from a year in Iraq is accused of drowning his wife in a bathtub at her apartment near Fort Lewis, Wash.
James Pitts pleaded not guilty and turned himself in to military authorities. Bail is set at $250,000.
His father and brother said Pitts returned from Iraq a changed man. The father said Pitts called him and confessed to the killing. In the father's words -- "He's not my son anymore. I feel my son is still in Iraq. You can thank George W. Bush for this."
The Army beefed up its postwar counseling programs in 2002 after three Afghan combat veterans from commando units at Fort Bragg, N.C., were accused of killing their wives.
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