An arraignment this morning for the suspect in Friday night's fatal shooting at a Roanoke gay nightclub.
And the woman accused of killing her baby in a microwave was back in court today.
Rains started early this morning and they continue through the day... with heavier downpours at times. We'll find out where and how long the wet weather will continue... coming up in the forecast.
Stay tuned for that and more on News 7 at noon.
The man accused of opening fire in a Roanoke nightclub makes his first court appearence this morning.
Good Afternoon..I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The suspect in Friday night's shooting at a Roanoke gay bar was arraigned today.
Ronald Edward Gay was asked if had an objection to news cameras recording the hearing in General District court this morning.
He said it didn't matter. Other than that, the 53-year old suspect had nothing to say during the brief court appearance.
The judge informed Gay that he's charged with first degree murder in the death of Danny Lee Overstreet.
The medical examiner said this morning that Overstreet died of a single gun-shot wound to the chest.
Six other people were injured in the shooting at the Back Street Cafe, a gay bar on Salem Avenue.
The city's chief prosecutor says he expects Gay to be directly indicted a week from today on additional charges.
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Caldwell points out that malicious wounding carries a possible 20-year sentence, while attempted murder is only ten.
Gay reportedly faces charges in Florida.
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According to a Florida television station, Gay is wanted in Citrus County, Florida on a trespassing charge.
Gay also allegedly barged into his ex-wife's Florida home in June, and had a run in with deputies.
His ex-wife then filed a restraining order against Gay.
And, according to a Florida newspaper, Gay's ex-wife remembers Gay expressing anger toward homosexuals.
Hundreds of people are trying to cope with the fatal shooting.
They gathered in downtown Roanoke last night to support one another.
Several witnesses say Gay had talked about killing homosexuals shortly before Friday night's shooting.
For many in the gay community-- the incident has been a reminder that hatred exists.
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SUZANNE LYON: I LIKED THE FACT THERE WAS QUITE A FEW STRAIGHT PEOPLE HERE TONIGHT WHO SPOKE UP AND SPOKE OUT FOR US, WE'RE HUMAN JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. ))
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Two of the shooting victims remain in the hospital.
John Collins is listed in Stable Condition.
Iris Page Webb is in very serious condition.
Shooting victims Susan Smith, Joel Tucker, Cathy Caldwell and Linda Coniers have been released from the hospital.
The healing process has just begun for friends and family of the seven victims of the shooting.
Kate Weidaw has their story.
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Sunday morning service at the Metropolitan Community Church brought many to tears.
((CATHERINE HOUCHINS/PASTOR: I REFUSE, I REFUSE, I REFUSE TO LIVE IN FEAR, AMEN.))
Friday night's shooting at the Back Street Cafe has brought many in Roanoke's gay community together.
((GAIL HARDWOOD: I THINK NOW IT'S BRINGING US OUT AND BRINGING US TOGETHER.))
Sue Stroud and her partner Anna Sparks were at the bar the night of the shooting.
((ANNA SPARKS: WHEN THE GUN GOT EMPTY HE STOPPED AT ME AND LOOKED AT ME HE HELD A GUN ON ME A COUPLE SECONDS AND WALKED OUT.))
Stroud says the look on shooter Ronald Gay's face is burned into her memory.
((SUE STROUD: HE DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING, AND THEN WHEN HE FINISHED HE JUST WALKED RIGHT OUT THE DOOR LIKE NOTHING HAD EVER HAPPENED.))
And while the community is dealing with this tragedy the family of Danny Lee Overstreet is mourning his death.
((MISTY OVERSTREET/NEICE: MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO KNEW HIM LOVED HIM VERY MUCH.))
Overstreet's niece Misty says her uncle was an activist against hate crimes and it's ironic he would be the target of one.
((MISTY OVERSTREET: HE WAS SHOT IN COLD BLOOD THROUGH HIS BACK HE DIDN'T SEE IT COMING HE PANICKED AND TRIED TO LEAVE BECAUSE HE WANTED TO LIVE BUT UNFORTUNATELY THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN.))
The site where Overstreet lost his life has now become a memorial with flowers and balloons.
((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: MANY IN THE GAY COMMUNITY SAY THEY WON'T LET THE SHOOTING KEEP THEM FROM RETURNING TO THE BACK STREET CAFE BECAUSE THEY WON'T LET HATE WIN.))
And they are just as committed to educating the public that violence against gays won't be tolerated.
Kate Weidaw News7 Roanoke.))
In other news this afternoon, A Boston Celtics player is in the hospital after being stabbed at a nightclub.
Authorities say Celtics guard Paul Pierce is in fair condition after being stabbed several times early this morning.
He was at the nightclub with several friends for a private gathering, when the fight broke out.
Police say 24- year- old Pierce suffered as many as 11 stab wounds to his face, neck, and back.
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So far, police have made no arrests.
Pierce joined the Celtics in 19-98 after being drafted in the first round from the University of Kansas, where he was an All- American.
The 20-year-old woman accused of killing her baby in a microwave says there's enough evidence to find her guilty.
Elizabeth Otte (Ott-ee) pleaded no contest today to a charge of involuntary manslaughter.
Under the plea agreement, the New Kent County woman faces a maximum ten years in prison.
Otte's lawyers indicated earlier they plan to use an insanity defense.
Abortion could be the new hot topic in the U-S Senate race.
Candidates George Allen and Chuck Robb faced off last night in their first televised debate.
Ellen Qualls has more.
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[SUPER=201-Larry Sabato/Political Analyst; 1:08]
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Things heated pretty quickly on the inside of the Virginia Commonwealth University Performing Arts Center too.
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((CHUCK ROBB: I'M GONNA KEEP TRYING, GEORGE, AND I ASSUME YOU'RE GONNA KEEP DODGING. BUT THE QUESTION HAS TO DO WITH DO YOU SUPPORT OR DO YOU OPPOSE ROE VERSUS WADE?))
Allen answered... and then got prompting from the impartial moderator -- former Governor Doug Wilder.
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((GEORGE ALLEN: AT THE STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT THAT YOU HAVE A BEATING HEART, MEASURABLE BRAIN WAVES, SENSITIVITY TO TOUCH, IN UTERO THUMB-SUCKING, AT THAT STAGE, OR THAT POINT OF DEVELOPMENT, I THINK THAT PEOPLE IN THE STATES LISTENING AND TALKING TO DOCTORS AND PHYSICIANS AND EXPERTS, COULD AND IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE TO PROTECT THAT UNBORN CHILD OR THAT FETUS. AT WHAT STAGE THAT IS, THAT WOULD PROBABLY BE SOME TIME IN THE FIRST TRIMESTER.))
Analysts that stand -- in contradiction to Roe v. Wade -- could become a point of vulnerability for Allen.
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((LARRY SABATO: THE NEWS IS THAT CHUCK ROBB CAME ALIVE...SINCE 1981.))
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((Are you going to make an endorsement? DOUG WILDER: PEOPLE DO A LOT OF THINGS... MIGH NOT BE A BAD IDEA TO JUST WAIT.))
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((CHUCK ROBB: I WOULD WELCOME HIS HELP. WHEN WE'VE WORKED TOGETHER WE'VE ALWAYS WON.))
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((GEORGE ALLEN: I WOULD HOPE THAT GOVERNOR WILDER WOULD BE ON OUR SIDE, BUT I'M NOT HOLDING MY BREATH.))
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((THIS IS THE THIRD ACTUAL DEBATE...ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
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Election results remain un- announced.
But European leaders say the Yugoslav people want President Slobodan Milosevic to step down.
Britain's foreign secretary says ``all the reliable evidence" indicates Milosevic lost yesterday's election.
But Milosevic, reportedly, will not concede defeat.
His opponents warn that Milosevic may try to rig the vote, in an effort to retain power.
The European Union lobbied against Milosevic, who is under an international indictment for war crimes.
Meanwhile, the U-S invested millions of dollars in hopes of defeating Milosevic.
Two fatal shark attacks in just two days in the waters off South Australia.
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The two men were each killed while surfing.
Authorities are still searching for the body of one of them, a 25- year- old New Zealand man who was on his honeymoon.
There were two fatal shark attacks in Australian waters last year.
But usually, there is only one fatality each year.
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The driver who crashed his tractor trailer on Interstate 81 late Saturday night in Botetourt County will be charged with driving under the influence.
That's according to State Police.
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They say the rig driven by, 46- year old Dennis Halcomb of Tennessee, caught fire after he crashed near Buchanan.
The accident closed down both Northbound lanes for several hours.
No one else was injured.
Two- thousand people spent their weekend walking for a cure.
It was all part of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation's Tenth Annual Walk to Cure Diabetes.
The four mile walk is the chapter's major fundraiser.
Many who took part in the event say they know someone with diabetes.
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More than 200-thousand dollars were raised yesterday.
Attention all holiday shoppers, you have 90 days left until Christmas!
If you're tempted to use credit cards to buy gifts, the Consumer Credit Counseling Service may persuade you not to.
News 7 business reporter Jennifer Miele has some shopping and saving tips for the holidays.
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(( Make a list, check it three or four times..... helpful hints for holiday shopping.
Steve Publicover from the Consumer Credit Counseling service is here with more tips on how to be a smart shopper.
Steve, 90 days until Christmas... is it too early to start planning for the holidays?
Is it dangerous to use credit cards instead of cash?
If you'd like to know more about "Surviving the Holidays," the Consumer Credit Counseling Service has scheduled a class for October 18.
To register, call the CCCS at 366-2227.
Unlike many of your Christmas presents, the class is free.))