A Penske rental moving van should be sitting outside Terry and Barb Hartman's new Lake Tapps home. But crooks made off with the van, which was filled with all of their possessions. The couple had just moved from Spokane.
The military judge overseeing the case of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales said Thursday that he will require Bales to undergo an official review of his sanity before he can present any mental health defense to charges of massacring Afghan civilians.
Stories of the massacre came, one by one, over a live video link from Afghanistan into a military courtroom outside Seattle: torched bodies, a son finding his wounded father, boys cowering behind a curtain while others screamed "We are children! We are children!"
The sentence came shortly after Pierce County Judge Katherine Stolz reluctantly allowed Marc Gilbert to an Alford plea of guilty to 14 reduced counts of child molestation in the second and third degree.