Roy Inge Junior has been found guilty of the capital murder of a Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Deputy last year.
Now jurors must decide whether he will spend the rest of his life in prison or get the death penalty.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[IN Q=After two days]
[SUPER=01-Roy Inge/Murder Defendant; :22]
[SUPER=01-Sidona Garrison/Blue Ridge Regional Jail Nurse; 1:06]
[OUT Q=News7, Chatham.]
(( After two days of testimony it took a Pittsylvania County jury just over an hour to decide that Roy Douglas Inge Junior shot and killed deputy Frankie Betterton during a traffic stop last May.
Physical and eyewitness testimony linked Inge to the crime, but the 24-year-old man took the stand protesting his innocence.. even denying that he spoke with police just hours after the murder.
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((ROY INGE/MURDER DEFENDANT: DID YOU KILL... ...I DO NOT KNOW.))
[OUT Q=do not know.]
[natsot verdict 5:38:11]
((GUILTY OF UNLAWFULLY, FELONIOUSLY, DELIBERATE, PREMEDITATED KILLING OF DEPUTY SHERIFF F-L BETTERTON..))
Inge's claims of innocence fell on deaf ears, and the jury is now hearing evidence in the penalty phase of his trial.
Prosecutors called a succession of jail employees who have had to deal with Inge since his arrest.
They told stories of a loud, disruptive and sometimes violent inmate.
((SIDONA GARRISON/BLUE RIDGE REGIONAL JAIL NURSE: HE BEGAN BEATING ON THE DOOR, AND SCREAMING 'I KNOW YOUR FACE, BITCH, I'LL GET YOU BITCH'. How many times did he say that? NUMEROUS, I DIDN'T COUNT, I WAS MORE CONCERNED ABOUT GETTING OUT.))
[OUT Q=getting out.]
Testimony in the sentencing phase will resume Thursday morning.
The jury will then decide whether Inge should get life in prison or pay for his crimes with his life.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Chatham. ))
The D-M-V returns to Rocky Mount later today and Bedford next week, but with limited days and limited service.
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The offices were among several to close last fall as a result of state budget cutbacks.
Starting today, the D-M-V begins operating "Drivers License Travel Teams", but don't go to their former offices.
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The D-M-V will set up shop at the Rocky Mount Armory Thursdays and Fridays and at the Bedford Armory Mondays and Tuesdays. The hours are 9-30 to 3-30.
You can renew your license, and take a written or vision test, but most other D-M-V services must still be performed at a permanent location.
The White House says the next 24 hours are crucial to judging the strength of international support for a possible war against Iraq.
After making his case before the U-N Security Council yesterday, Secretary of State Colin Powell will next go before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Meanwhile, the Iraqis are firing back, accusing Powell of lying.
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[IN Q=Ridiculous, It is really]
((AMIR AL-SAADI/SADDAM'S SCIENTIFIC ADVISER: RIDICULOUS, IT IS REALLY BELOW THE LEVEL OF A COUNTRY LEADING THE WORLD NOW TO COME UP WITH SUCH ALLEGATIONS AND IDEAS. ))
[SUPER=01-Amir Al-Saadi/Saddam's Scientific Adviser;]
[OUT Q=allegations and ideas.]
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of American troops are in Kuwait.
They make up the bulk of U-S forces in the gulf.
But the military could soon spread out.
Today, the parliament of Turkey is expected to authorize the U-S to begin renovating military bases.
In another week, soldiers could be stationed there, as well.
North Korea says a U-S attack on one of its nuclear facilities would trigger a full- scale war.
North Korea's state-run media ran the comment.
Yesterday, the government said it has re- activated its nuclear facilities to produce electricity.
It's widely believed those facilities are capable of making nuclear weapons.
Meanwhile, the State Department says if North Korea's announcement is true, it would be a "very serious development."
A child at a Danville learning center is suspected of contracting tuberculosis.
The child attends Christ the King Learning Center along with about 90- other children.
According to the church's pastor, notes were sent home to parents notifying them of the situation.
The pastor says there's little chance any other children are at risk, because the illness was caught early.
In business news, The market lost ground for a second straight day as investors grow increasingly nervous about a war with Iraq. Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[OUT Q=your local stocks]
((Colin Powell's case for war initially sparked a strong broad-market rally,
but the SURGE SHORT CIRCUITED AFTER IRAQ DENIED HAVING WEAPONS OF MASS
INVESTORS ARE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THE UNCERTAINTIES OF WAR.
AND ANALYSTS SAY THE MARKET WILL PROBABLY CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE UNTIL THE U-N
SECURITY COUNCIL MAKES UP ITS MIND ABOUT A POSSIBLE WAR WITH IRAQ.
THE DOW LOST 28 POINTS LED LOWER BY EXXONMOBILE...
WHILE THE NASDAQ DIPPED 4 AND A HALF.
IN AFTER THE BELL ACTION, ONLINE TRAVEL SITE EXPEDIA SAID EARNINGS BEAT
ESTIMATES AND ANNOUNCED
President, CEO and founder Richard Barton is resigning effective March 31.
Looking ahead, the company said it has seen strong booking momentum through
the month of January, suggesting a strong first quarter.
KEEP YOUR EYE ON WELLS FARGO.. Wells Fargo & Co., the largest U.S. mortgage
lender, was threatened by California authorities with the loss of its
license to make home loans in the state. CALIFORNIA CLAIMS WELLS FARGO
SALES OF EXISTING CONDOS AND CO-OPS SOARED LAST YEAR TO A RECORD HIGH.
PRICES OF CONDOS AND COPS JUMPED MORE THAN 11 PERCENT... OUTPACING THE 7
PERCENT APPRECIATION SEEN IN SINGLE FAMILY HOMES...THE POWERFUL SALES PACE
HAS PUSHED PRICES UP. FOR ALL OF LAST YEAR, THE MEDIAN EXISTING CONDO PRICE
WAS 137,100 UP 11.3 PERCENT FROM 2001.
GET MORE AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM...
(tape tosses to stocks)
A memorial is scheduled today at the Washington National Cathedral for the lost astronauts aboard Shuttle Columbia.
Vice President Dick Cheney will attend the service.
As for the investigation, officials are now casting doubt on the theory that a piece of foam that struck the shuttle during liftoff caused it to break apart 16- days later.
NASA's now focusing on the automatic control system.
They say it's possible the system couldn't hold the speed steady during re-entry.
A fight is brewing over alcohol sales at the Roanoke Civic Center.
The facility currently sells beer at professional sporting events, but the city has applied for an ABC license that would allow alcoholic beverages at any event.
Civic Center officials say the change is needed to remain competitive, but the proposal is raising concerns.
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((REV. MARK WASHINGTON/HOLLINS ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH: I'VE ALREADY HAD PEOPLE TO TELL ME THAT AS IT IS NOW THEY DON'T CARRY THEIR FAMILIES THERE TO SOME OF THESE EVENTS WHERE THEY KNOW THAT ALCOHOL IS BEING SOLD AND IF THIS EXPANDS, I'VE HAD OTHER FOLKS SAY YOU KNOW WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE GOING AT ALL.))
((CHIP SNEAD/CIVIC FACILITIES ACTING DIRECTOR: WE WILL DECIDE VERY CAREFULLY. AND I CAN ASSURE THE PUBLIC THAT WE WILL ERR ON THE SIDE OF BEING PRUDENT AND CONSERVATIVE.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Mark Washington/Hollins Road Baptist Church; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chip Snead/Civic Facilities Acting Director; :15]
[OUT Q=being prudent and conservative.]
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will hold a hearing on the city's request later this month.
Opponents are meeting Monday night at Hollins Road Baptist Church.
Police responded last night to a 9-1-1 call at O-J Simpson's home in Miami.
Reportedly, the caller said Simpson was beating his 17- year- old daughter, Sydney.
However, when police arrived, they found that nothing was wrong, and believe it was a crank call.
Simpson appeared annoyed when he came to the door, and shooed reporters away.
This is the second time police have responded to a 9-1-1 call at Simpson's home in the past few weeks.
About a week ago, his daughter called after having an argument with her father.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
Authorities in Grayson County are still investigating the disappearance of five-year-old boy, but they say it is not looking good.
Logan Nathaniel Bowman has been missing since January eighth.
With some help from volunteers, the Sheriff's office says it conducted an all-out search for Logan Monday, but they did not find anything.
Officials say ideally, they would conduct extensive searches everyday, but realistically they just can't.
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[IN Q=WE HAVE A MURDER]
((JERRY WILSON/GRAYSON CO. SHERIFF: WE HAVE A MURDER WE'RE STILL WORKING ON. WE JUST LOCATED A MAN WE'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR SINCE LAST JUNE. WE ANSWER SEVERAL CALLS DURING THE DAYS AND NIGHTS. WE JUST DON'T HAVE THE MANPOWER TO DO IT.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Wilson/Grayson Co. Sheriff;]
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Meanwhile, Logan's mother Cynthia Davis is being held under a 100-thousand dollar bond for child endangerment.
She is scheduled to appeal the bond later this morning in Circuit Court.
There are so many veterans seeking care through the V-A health system that the agency now has to limit who's eligible for services.
That's just one of the changes the V-A has made to deal with its budget shortfall.
The V-A in Salem says its patient load has risen 60-percent in the last ten years. But it doesn't have the resources to meet the growing demand.
In fact, the medical center is predicting a 7 to 8 million dollar shortfall for 2004.
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[IN Q=We operate undre a continual]
((STEPHEN LEMONS/VETERANS ADMINISTRATION MEDICAL CENTER; WE OPERATE UNDER A CONTINUAL SHORTFALL OF FUNDING TO REALLY MEET THE TRUE DEMAND FOR VETERANS THAT ARE COMING IN FOR CARE. WE HAVE A WAITING LIST OF SOME 2-THOUSAND VETERANS THAT WE ARE TRYING TO GET IN))
[SUPER=01-Stephen Lemons/Veterans Administration Medical Center]
[OUT Q=try to get in]
And this is a national problem that has prompted the V-A health care system to make some changes.
Higher income veterans who do not have service-related ailments will no longer be able to enroll in the system.
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[IN Q=Although this will not impact]
(( ALTHOUGH THIS WILL NOT IMPACT A LARGER NUMBER OF VETERANS. VETERANS WHO TRADITIONALLY HAVE BEEN ELIGIBLE FOR CARE WILL BE LIMITED))
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Other changes include higher co-payments on medication as well as "in patient" and "out patient" services.
Lemons says the President is requesting a significant increase in funding for the V-A in 2004.
(Kim tosses to bump)
In business news, Circuit City will cut about two thousand jobs.
The company says it's part of an effort to retool its marketing strategy.
The Richmond-based electronics store chain also said it will relocate or remodel more stores this year and will close ten more repair shops.
Circuit City will stop paying commissions to its salespeople and instead will pay all store employees an hourly rate.
(Kim tosses to bump)