CALIFORNIA: Digging begins for 5 graves
Gravediggers work the old-fashioned way on the Tule River Indian Reservation, chipping away at the hard pan with pickaxes. They say it's a sign of respect not to use machinery, but never has the crew had to dig so many at one time. The brothers who run the reservation cemetery were preparing Monday to dig a grave for Alyssa Celaya, 8, who died Sunday in a rampage that also took the life her grandmother and the grandmother's two brothers. It will be the first of five they'll dig this week. The brutal murders have shaken this peace-preaching tribe because it goes against their teachings that love for family exists above all. The suspected killer was Alyssa's father, Hector Celaya, 31, who also died Sunday after a shootout with sheriff's deputies.
MARYLAND: GI's confinement questioned
The former head of a Marine Corps brig testified Monday that she was shocked when the base commander asked for advance notice of any orders she planned to give regarding the confinement of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier charged with sending classified information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. The request was surprising because brig commanders have sole authority to determine the custody status of detainees, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Denise Barnes said. She testified on the 10th day of a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade to determine whether the nine months Manning spent in tight confinement at Quantico, Va., amounted to illegal pretrial punishment. Lawyers plan to make their closing arguments Tuesday.
FLORIDA: Life for killing lottery winner
A woman was convicted Monday of first-degree murder in the slaying of a lottery winner. Dorice "Dee Dee" Moore was sentenced to mandatory life without parole. Moore was found guilty of murdering Abraham Shakespeare, who won millions in 2006. "She got every bit of his money," said Assistant State Attorney Jay Pruner in closing arguments. "He found out about it and threatened to kill her. She killed him first."