CAPE CORAL, Fla. - For the first time, WINK News is hearing from the father of a Cape Coral soldier accused of killing innocent civilians in Afghanistan.
Christopher Winfield, the father of Specialist Adam Winfield is raising questions about the army's response to these suspected killings.
Hs son is one of five soldiers charged with murder in the deaths of three Afghan civilians.
Winfield's father was horrified when his son described troops killing innocent civilians, and orders given by superiors to do the same. But Christopher was just as horrified when he called the army to warn them.
"He said, well, the only thing I can tell you is, just tell him to stay away from Gibbs, stay away from the Staff Sgt., and keep your head down, and when you get back in 4 months, you can report it in safety," Christopher Winfield said. "My jaw hit the floor when I heard that. I was just, you got to be kidding me."
In an interrogation tape, Winfield alleged Sgt. Calvin Gibbs encouraged his men to kill, while ordering them to keep quiet. He alleges fellow troops used severed fingers to scare others into silence.
"I take that man very seriously," Adam Winfield said. "He likes to kill things. He is pretty much evil incarnate."
Winfield's father says, his son is innocent, and that the Army knew, and should have stepped in sooner.
"Two more murders happened after that and there would have been two more people walking on this Earth right now," Christopher Winfield said.
The Army says phone records show Winfield's father called Fort Lewis, in Washington state, and spoke to headquarters. According to the Army, the Commander there started an immediate investigation. The Army held its first military hearings on the case earlier this week.