When cameras aren’t allowed in a court of law, old-fashioned sketching can do the job of capturing the visual information we are accustomed to seeing in photos. That’s been the case with this week’s Robert Bales’ sentencing hearing, which started Monday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma. Bales is the U.S. soldier who pleaded guilty of killing 16 Afghan villagers in Kandahar in 2012.
I was able to be in the courtroom today as witnesses for the prosecution and defense teams took the stand. Below are my sketches and here is the story filed by Times reporter Lewis Kamb.
Khamal Adin is one of nine relatives of the victims brought over to testify at the hearing.
Adin’s cousin, Haji Mohammad Wazir, testified next. He lost 11 members of his family, including his wife and six of his seven children.
Maj. Travis Hawks is an Army physician who treated the victims right after the attack.
Colonel Todd Wood was in charge of the area where the killings happened.
Bales’ wife, Karilyn, and his mother, Bernice, were present at the courtroom.
Bob Durham got emotional as he remembered Robert Bales as someone who often cared for his disabled son.
Bill Bales is Robert Bales’ oldest brother. He recalled moments from Bales’ youth as attorney John Henry Browne showed family pictures.