The mother of a 20-year-oldÂ U.S. soldier whoÂ is chargedÂ with killing AfghanÂ civilians for sport and staging the murders to look like legitimate casualties, is demandingÂ answers fromÂ his commanding officers. In an exclusive CNN interview from her Idaho home, HolmesÂ describes how her son came back from war a different person. Pvt. Andrew Holmes went into the Army a healthy 185-pound 18-year-old and came back 50 pounds lighter, unable to sleep and eat and acting paranoid, constantly asking his family where they were because he believed they would be harmed.
Holmes and four others face numerous charges, including drug use, premeditated murder, possessing body parts and possessing photos of corpses. Seven others in the platoon are charged with various other crimes, from assaulting a fellow soldier who blew the whistle on the group's hashish smoking to collecting body parts as war trophies and posing them in grisly photos.
"If they were smoking that much hashish, you can smell it,"Â said Dana Holmes. "Where was the command? Did they just dump these boys off and say go forth and conquer?"