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Thursday, January 2, 2014

2013 Pictures of the Year

JUDGMENT DAY
Oct. 14
David Pietz is led out of a King County courtroom after being convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Nicole, seven years ago. Nicole Pietz’s sister, Tonia Zurcher, points at him and yells, “You’re going to hell, Pietz.”
When the jury returned the guilty verdict, David Pietz showed no reaction. Across the courtroom, closer to me, Nicole’s mother and sister responded with seven years’ worth of emotion. Pietz had to walk past them as he was escorted back to jail, and the moment came when he passed close to them. An accusing finger and damning words delivered the message to the guilty man and helped me share that moment with our readers. News photography is a lot like sports photography. You pick a position and hope you don’t get blocked or watch the action go away from you; you have to be ready because, sometimes, it comes right at you. — Mark Harrison