Today on News 7, we'll hear from the teenage boy on trial for killing his teacher.
Also D-N-A evidence leads to the release of another prisoner 15 years after he was convicted of rape.
We might be able to squeeze out a shower but a soaking rain is not in the cards for this forecast. Details coming up.
She was supposed to be Sting's opening act, now she's in the hospital. We'll have the latest on singer Jill Scott,
and authorities stop searching a river for a missing teenager after they get numerous reports that say he's in hiding.
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Jeffrey Pierce has been locked up ever since he was convicted of rape over 15 years ago.
The most condeming evidence against Pierce was the testimony of one expert witness.
Now D-N-A testing has proved that witness was wrong.
Gretchen Carlson has more.
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((After 15 years, Jeffrey Pierce is a free man thanks to DNA evidence.
(SOT - 19:47:59) Jeffrey Pierce - Innocent Inmate
The citizens of Oklahoma City County have been duped.
In 1986, an Oklahoma jury found Pierce guilty of sexually assaulting a
woman - largely from the testimony of police chemist Joyce Gilchrist.
Gilchrist testified hair left by the rapist was microscopically
consistent with Pierces hair. In an interview with Dan Rather for 60
Minutes 2, Gilchrist stands by all her work.
(SOT - 1:01:11) Joyce Gilchrist - Former Oklahoma City Police Chemist
Im the kind of person who if you dont want to know the truth dont
ask me because Im not going to sugar-coat anything for you, Im going
to tell you like it is.
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But Gilchrists work is coming under fire. An Oklahoma lawyers group is
calling for an investigation into her entire career - accusing her of
shoddy - even fraudulent work.
(SOT - 14:13:34) Douglas Parr - OK. Criminal Defense Lawyers Assoc.
We need to look everywhere to see how many people have been convicted
by hair comparison and re-examine those cases!
Attorney Barry Scheck - whose DNA expertise has freed other innocent
inmates - agrees.
(SOT - 1:15:07 (:09)) Barry Scheck - Co-Author Actual Innocence
Weve got to go and make a long march through our institutions to try
and find the innocent before the evidence is destroyed thrown away or
The Governor of Oklahoma has already ordered a review into every felony
conviction linked to Joyce Gilchrist. 11 have already been executed. 12
others are on death row.
(SOT - 19:45:25) Jeffrey Pierce
Im just the one who opened the door and I feel there will be a lot
more coming out behind me.
Later this week, Pierce will meet his twin sons for the first time in 15
years. Gretchen Carlson, CBS News.
Virginia's minute of silence law made it to the federal appeals court level today.
The mandatory statewide minute of silence became law last summer.
A handful of Virginia students oppose its requirement that they "pray, reflect, or meditate."
They're the plaintiffs in the American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against the state.
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((KATYA KRUGLAK/RICHMOND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT: IF THE INTENT OF THE LAW WAS STILL TO USE IT SOMEHOW AS A BACKDOOR TO BRING RELIGION INTO PUBLIC SCHOOLS, I WOULD STILL OPPOSE IT. BUT IF IT WERE CLEAR THAT THE INTENT WERE JUST A SECULAR MOMENT OF SILENCE, THEN I'D NO LONGER OPPOSE IT.))12
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The state argues that Fairfax Senator Warren Barry was very clear last year in saying his intent was NOT to return prayer to the classroom, NO matter what other lawmakers said.
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((BILL HURD/ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE: IT DOES NOT ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO PRAY. IT SIMPLY INFORMS THEM THAT THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO DO SO IF THEY WISH. ALONG WITH MEDIDATE OR REFLECT OR ENGANGE IN ANY OTHER SILENT ACTIVITY.))
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A federal judge has already upheld the minute of silence.
A three judge appeals panel heard the case today.
Deputies have called off the water search for a missing Rocky Mount teenager, after multiple sightings of the boy.
15-year-old Steven Dillon disappeared after a dance April 27th.
Authorities spent the morning searching beneath the surface of the Pigg River with an infrared camera for the boy... and found nothing.
Some of his personal items were discovered by the river over the weekend.
Deputies say they're investigating dozens of tips that place Dillon at a nearby apartment complex.
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The mother of his illegitimate child is suing Jesse Jackson. We'll have the details after this break,
and the singer who was supposed to open for Sting this past weekend in Roanoke is now in the hospital.
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Jesse Jackson may be a public figure, but he wants his private life.. kept just that.
Today he said he's seeking confidentiality agreements from the mother of his "out of wedlock" daughter...
He says it's in the best interest of the 2-year old girl.
Jackson says he doesn't want to talk about his relationship with Karin Stanford.
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Stanford has filed suit- seeking a formal child support agreement.
Jackson has been paying three thousand dollars a month- and says he'll follow the judge's instructions.
Nathaniel Brazill was just 13 years old when he opened fire at school- killing a teacher last year.
Today he took the stand.. telling the court why the shooting was just an accident.
Jennifer Jones has the latest.
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(("Are you a psycho? No. Are you a cold blooded killer? No."
A seemingly relaxed, poised 14-year old Nathaniel Brazill faced the court in his own defense, perhaps his best chance at convincing a jury
that the shooting death of his Math teacher, Barry Grunow, was not murder, but an accident.
NATHANIEL BRAZILL, DEFENDANT
But this is the same teenage boy jurors saw just last week in school
surveillance tape presented by the prosecution. You can see Brazill
with a handgun, then taking aim at Mr. Grunow who dropped to the floor and later died.
Still the defense worked to show jurors that Brazill was a well-liked boy, known as a practical jocker and had no troubles, nothing that would
give him motive to plot the murder of a teacher Brazill has described as
Nathaniel Brazill was only 13 years old last May, when he shot Barry Grunow at his West Palm Beach middle school. But Brazill is being tried
as an adult for 1st degree murder. This outburst in court shows just some of the outrage voiced over a young Brazill having to face his crime
in an adult court.
If the prosecution proves Brazill pre-mediatated the shooting death of his teacherthen its life in prison for the 14 year oldwith no chance
The singer who was supposed to open the Sting concert in Roanoke this weekend has landed in the hospital.
Jill Scott has cancelled her first few appearances on Sting's tour because of a lung infection.
The Grammy nominated singer was admitted to the hospital Sunday with a 102- degree fever.
It was apparently the result of an allergy problem that led to infection.
Scott is expected to make a full recovery.
In Health Check Tonight,
Some nurses say there is a national crisis in health care --and it's time to unite and do something about it.
And that's why they're planning a Million Nurse March.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton spoke with one of the march coordinators -and has more information.
Joy what's the march all about.
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The nurses hope this march will be catalyst to unite nurses across the country.
And they hope through dialogue they will be able to come-up with solutions to the problems facing health care today.
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There are about 2-point-2 million nurses nationwide --but the numbers are dwindling.
In fact, there is a growing nurses shortage.
Registered Nurse Louise Garcia --says problems with health care system --are pushing many nurses out the profession.
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((THE ISSUES THAT ARE FACING NURSES ARE THINGS I'VE MENTIONED ABOUT MANDATORY OVERTIME, HIGH NURSE TO PATIENT RATIOS, ENVIRONMENTS ARE REALLY NOT CONDUCIVE AT ALL TO GOOD PATIENT CARE))
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And that's why Garcia says the Million Nurse March is necessary --to unites nurse nationwide --so that they can have a voice in changing health care.
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((THEY'RE NOT SPEAKING FOR THEMSELVES, THEY'RE NOT GIVING THEIR ACCOUNT OF WHAT'S GOING ON))
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And Garcia says its an issue that not only nurse should be concerned about --but the entire country.
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((WE ALL UTILIZE THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. WE ALL HAVE FAITH THAT IT'S GOING TO DO WHAT IT HAS TO DO FOR US -- MAKE US BETTER. BUT IT CAN'T IF IT'S AILING ITSELF))
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The march is scheduled to take place in the fall or summer of next year.
You can find a link to the Million Nurse March website on our webpage at wdbj7-dot-com.
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The plan to redevelop a portion of downtown Roanoke could relocate more than 30 businesses. While some of the property owners still oppose the plan, others are embracing the opportunity.
Surfaces Incorporated is a floor and wall covering contract house that has prospered in its south Roanoke location.
Though initially skeptical of the city's plan to create the Riverside Centre for Research and Technology, the company is now planning to re-develop its own property on Reserve Avenue.
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((AND I'M CONFIDENT THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT ARE IN CHARGE AT THE HOUSING AUTHORITY AND THE CITY THAT ARE NOT ONLY SYMPATHETIC TO THE PROPERTY OWNERS AND THE SITUATION THEY ARE BEING PLACED IN, BUT ARE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING WITHIN THEIR POWERS TO MAKE SURE THE PROPERTY OWNERS ARE TREATED FAIRLY.))
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One of the businesses that could end up in court is Roanoke City Mills. The company says it doesn't want to move an operation that produces 500- thousand pounds of flour every day.
We'll hear from managers at both businesses tonight on News at Six, as we continue our series on Eminent Domain.
Still to come on the newscast, the government has more evidence the economy is slowing. We'll see how Wall Street is reacting in today's Marketwatch.
and up next, Steve Pardon will introduce us to a real iron man on the local art scene.
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A local sculptor is generating a lot of heat with his art work. Lee Sauder is a sculptor who believes his artwork should be grounded in its raw materials. Steve Pardon explains.
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The Atlanta Falcons want to see Michael Vick make some changes. Mike Stevens will have that and more today in Sports,
and then a little later, we'll see a wedding ceremony that had both a ring and a RINK.
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New statistics showing American productivity dropped last month came as a surprise to analysts who were expecting a modest increase.
The White House says the drop is just another reason Congress needs to quickly pass a tax cut.
It was the first quarterly decline in six years and the news sent the stock markets in opposite directions.
Alexis Christoforous wraps it all up in today's Marketwatch.
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Good afternoon folks the NBA continues to hand out postseason honors as the playoffs roll on.
This afternoon the league passed out its sixth man of the year award
and handed it off to Philadelphia guard Aaron McKie.
He received 57 of the 124 votes cast to beat out Milwaukee's Tim Thomas.
McKie averaged 12 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists this season for the Sixers.
The Atlanta Falcons are pleased with what they saw out of Michael Vick in his first NFL experience this past weekend, although they know there is room for improvement.
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Vick impressed the coaches with his quick release and speed, but one of the things they want to do is slow down his feet in the pocket. The belief is that slowing down his feet and making him step up in the pocket before he throws will drastically improve his accuracy.
Vick is now back home studying his massive play book before reporting to camp for good on May 16th.
The Blacksburg Indians soccer team won its 63rd straight game last game and all but locked up the Blue Ridge district title with a 3-to-1 win over William Byrd.
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The Indians were jacked up for this one as they looked to extend their unbeaten string to 77 games.
The Indians got busy in the first half, the throw-in goes to Stuart Dowling, he dribbles in and makes the perfect centering pass to Richard Troy who short shoots it home. It's one to nothing Indians.
Still in the first half, Byrd's Ben Lott will make the perfect throw-in from the right sideline. It clears
the defense and Greg Stevenson coverts the header to tie the game at one-all.
But Mike Walker and Omar Martinez added tallies and the Indians win it winning 3-to-1.
If you want to catch this dynasty in action in person -
Blacksburg hosts Lord Botetourt high school this Thursday night at Bill Brown Stadium.
The Lynchburg Hillcats and Salem Avalanche play game two of their three game set tonight at Salem Memorial.
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Last night mistakes killed the Avalanche and allowed Lynchburg to come back win game one 6-to-3.
But errors will kill a team, and this little miss by catcher Tino Sanchez allows Chris Combs to come on down. The Hillcats are right back in the game.
The two team play tonight and tomorrow night with the first pitch set for 7:05 each night.
Later tonight on News 7 at six - softball news from Northside and Steve Mason profiles a college track star who is untouchable. Jean will be back to close out the Tuesday edition of News 7 at Five in just a moment.
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Students at Oak Grove Elementary School are combining fun and facts.
For two days this week the school is hosting the "Science by Van" project from the Richmond Science Museum.
The van comes complete with two instructors who conduct workshops and set up interactive exhibits.
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((BECKY ROWE/PRINCIPAL: THEY HAVE ANYTHING FROM SKELETAL SYSTEMS TO OPTICAL ILLISUONS TO MAGNETS. THERE'S JUST ALL KINDS OF ACTIVITIES GOING ON.))
((STUDENT: THERE'S A MIRROR DOWN THERE THAT MAKES IT REFLECT DOWN THERE FROM THE PLASTIC WHICH MAKES IT LIGHTER.))
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Rowe says research proves students are more likely to remember information learned during hands-on activities.
The "Science by Van" project will continue at Oak Grove through Wednesday.
A Tennessee couple's marriage started out on thin ice this weekend.
But everything was fine. Ken Allison and his fiance Debbie held their ceremony at the local ice rink where she teaches.
Understandably the groom developed a bad case of cold feet.
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But the ceremony went off without a hitch. Debbie's students served as attendents.
And the bride and groom shared their first dance on the ice...with Debbie on skates. Ken played it safe and stuck to tennis shoes.