There is little hope of recovery of the six climbers believed to have fallen more than 3,000 feet during Mount Rainer hike. The four experienced climbers and their two guides are presumed dead, officials announced Sunday.
In exchange for Staff Sergeant Robert Bales' guilty plea in the killing of 16 Afghan civilians last year, prosecutors have agreed not to seek the death penalty. Bales did not offer any explanation for his crimes at Wednesday's hearing where he entered his plea.
In the killing of 16 Afghan villagers, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales' defense team may build their case on post traumatic stress disorder. Though PTSD can be connected to aberrant and violent behavior, it's a hard case to make in court.