WA WA - Rebecca Elizabeth West, 12, Spokane, 21 October 1991

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    sasha17 Curiouser & curiouser

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    Michael W. Tarbert was charged with both of the girls' murders in March 1996. The prosecution had a witness who saw Rebecca and Wood get into Tarbert's car on the afternoon they were abducted, and two prison inmates who stated Tarbert told them he'd killed the girls while under the influence of drugs.

    Tarbert entered a no contest plea to two counts of first-degree manslaughter in May 1998, four days before his trial was scheduled to begin. He maintains his innocence and said he only took the plea deal to avoid a possible first-degree murder conviction and life sentence. Tarbert was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the girls' homicides. He is serving his sentence in a facility on the west side of the state. His maximum release date was set for August 2020.

    1996 article: Charge Filed In 4-Year-Old Murder Case Only One Body Found After Two West Central Girls Disappeared

    2014 article: Father of Rebecca West speaks about potential release of Michael Tarbert: 'It's been a living hell'

    2019 article about the neighborhood: West Central neighborhood rises above its reputation
     
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