A surprise decision on who will represent accused sniper John Muhammad in his capital murder trial in Virginia Beach.
Meanwhile, a delay in ANOTHER capital murder trial that supposed to be taking place in Charlottesville.
Opening statements are presented in the case against sniper suspect John Muhammad.
But it was Muhammad who had the FIRST word.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad will represent himself at his capital murder trial in Virginia Beach.
The judge granted Muhammad's request and says defense lawyers will be standing by to
Muhammad is on trial for the shooting death of a Maryland man, who was killed while filling up his car at a gas station.
Jennifer Donelan reports.
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23 TERRIFYING DAYS, 13 SHOOTINGS, AND WIDESPREAD PANIC IN A VIRGINIA
BEACH COURTROOM ON MONDAY IT ALL CAME DOWN TO 1 VICTIM, 1 JURY, AND 1
MAN ON TRIAL FOR HIS LIFE.
DURING OPENING STATEMENTS PROSECUTORS ARE EXPECTED TO DESCRIBE
(described)SNIPER SUSPECT JOHN ALLEN MUHAMMAD AS THE MASTERMIND OF A
IN ALL 10 PEOPLE WERE KILLED, BUT THIS FIRST TRIAL FOCUSES ON 53 YEAR
OLD DEAN MEYERS, SHOT AND KILLED WHILE PUMPING GAS. HIS BROTHER IS
HOPING FOR SOME CLOSURE.
Larry Meyers /Victims Brother
THE PROSECUTION MAY SHOW PHOTOS OF THE OTHER VICTIMS AND USE EVIDENCE
FROM THOSE CRIMES SCENES AS THEY BUILD THEIR CASE AGAINST THE 42 YEAR
OLD DIVORCED FATHER.
WHEN THE DEFENSE TAKES CENTERSTAGE LEGAL ANALYSTS EXPECT THEY LL FOCUS
ON THE FACT THAT NO ONE EVER SAW MUHAMMAD ACTUALLY SHOOT ANYONE.
(Nats: Malvo Perp Walk File)
DEFENSE IS ALSO EXPECTED TO SHIFT BLAME TO MUHAMMADS ALLEGED
ACCOMPLICE18 YEAR OLD LEE BOYD MALVO. HE'S IN COURT ...TO ALLOW
WITNESSES TO IDENTIFY HIM - AS THE MAN THEY SAW WITH MUHAMMAD. THE
YOUNGER SUSPECT HAS REFUSED TO TESTIFY AGAINST HIS ACCUSED PARTNER.
SOME OF THE JURY OF 10 MEN AND 5 WOMEN .. HAVE MILITARY BACKGROUNDS OR
TIES. MUMAMMAD IS AN ARMY VET. BUT EXPERTS SAY ...THIS IS UNLIKELY TO
MAKE THOSE JURORS SYMPATHETIC TOWARDS HIM.
(TO COME: Poss: ...who pulled the trigger...difference btwn life and
death. Jennifer Donelan CBS News.)
An American soldier is dead and five others are wounded after an attack on an Army foot patrol outside the Iraqi city of Falluja.
Two civilians were also killed.
U-S commanders say the patrol from the 82nd Airborne Division was hit by an exploding homemade bomb, and then by small- arms fire.
In a search for the attackers, U-S troops raided a nearby mosque
and detained three Iraqis.
The capital murder trial of Darrell Rice will not begin today in Charlottesville after all.
Rice is accused of murdering Julianne Williams and Laura Winans in the Shenandoah National Park in May 1996.
He was videotaped entering the park at the time. Another camper said he saw a man who looked like Rice hiking about two miles from the murder scene.
Questions about recent D-N-A testing led a federal judge to delay the trial until November third.
The judge ordered the delay so both sides could have more time to investigate biological evidence.
Rice's lawyer, Fred Heblich (HEBB'-lick), says that genetic tests on cloth gags used on the women excluded his client.
Not all the excitement was on the screen at Roanoke's Valley View Grande theater last night.
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Shortly after 8 o'clock, someone pulled a fire alarm after smelling smoke in the lobby.
Firefighters say the smoke originated in an overheated light fixture in the marquee above the ticket windows.
The building was evacuated. Nobody was hurt, and the building did not suffer any damage.
The theater closed for the evening, and issued refunds to people who were affected.
((KIM TOSS TO Steve))
Steve in WX-CENTER
(Steve TOSS to KIM)
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Still to come on the newscast, the president raises concerns about North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
Also it is the end of a long strange journey for David Blaine as he ends his 44 days of exile above a London street.
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Concerns about nuclear weapons, terrorism, and Iraq are among the main issues on the table at the annual economic summit in Thailand.
President Bush is there, meeting with leaders of the Pacific Rim.
This morning Bush spoke with South Korea's president about ending North Korea's nuclear weapons crisis.
He also reiterated South Korea's role in post- war Iraq.
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The summit will likely approve a package of security measures, including curbs on shoulder-launched missiles, which could target jetliners.
It's also expected to call for a resumption in world trade talks, which broke down last month in Mexico.
New York magician David Blaine is back on the ground and off the Internet.
He emerged yesterday from 44- days of self- imposed isolation and starvation in a clear plastic box suspended in the air over London.
Elizabeth Palmer reports.
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A WEAK AND WEEPING DAVID BLAINE WAS HELPED FROM HIS PLEXIGLASS BOX ON
THE BANKS OF THE THAMES...
"This has been one of the most important experiences of my life," (Carol
- can we take this any longer?)
FOR THE PAST 44 DAYS DAVID BLAINE HAS DANGLED IN HIS BOX - ON DISPLAY TO
THE WORLD ....24 HOURS A DAY ON THE INTERNET.
AS STUNTS GO - THIS ONE WAS UNDERSTATED....
SOME EVEN SAID BORING...
BLAINE SPENT MOST OF HIS TIME RESTING QUIETLY.
HE ATE NOTHING...AND DRANK ONLY WATER.
OCCASIONALLY HE WROTE NOTES IN HIS JOURNAL...
NOW AND THEN HE WAVED.
BUT IT WAS ENOUGH TO DRAW A CROWD EVERY DAY - OF THE CURIOUS, THE
ECCENTRIC ...AND EVEN THOSE WHO WERE MOVED BY HIS ENDURANCE....
I think its wicked, I think he's a massive inspiration, I caught his
sock (holds up sock) its amazing, and good luck to him I think he's
brilliant, absolutely brilliant
NOW - DOCTORS WILL HAVE TO ASSES THE EFFECTS ON BLAINE OF HIS
(super: dr paul robinson, dietary physician, royal free hospital)
BITE: the stomach goes into a sort of paralysis and if the first meal
is too great it can split the stomach and you can die from that.
HAVING SHED 50 POUNDS SO PUBLICLY - DAVID BLAINE WAS LED OFF TO
HOSPITAL IN LONDON TO BEGIN PUTTING IT ON AGAIN IN PRIVATE. ELIZABETH
PALMER CBS NEWS LONDON.
Six years after her death, Princess Diana still can't escape the headlines.
According to a new book by her former butler Paul Burrell, Diana predicted her own death.
Now Burrell is hoping the revelation in his book, "A Royal Duty" will prompt a new investigation.
In a reported letter to Burrell published in a London newspaper today, Diana said that she feared someone was plotting to kill her in a car accident.
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((INGRID SEWARD/"MAGESTY" MAGAZINE EDITOR: SHE SAID TO ME 'IT SOUNDS REALLY WEIRD SAYING THIS NOW' AND WE'RE GOING BACK TO JUNE OF THE YEAR SHE DIED BUT I REALLY THOUGHT THAT THERE WAS A CONSPIRACY TO GET RID OF ME. I THOUGHT THAT MY CAR BRAKES WERE BEING TAMPERED WITH, AND I HAD MY APARTMENT SWEPT FOR BUGS, AND OF COURSE THEY FOUND NOTHING. BUT SHE THEN REPEATED, "BUT IT SOUNDS SILLY, NOW DOESN'T IT?" ))
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Ten months after the letter, Diana was killed in a high- speed car crash in a Paris tunnel.
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Fall is harvest time and a Wythe County family is sharing the fruits of its labor with the public.
Every weekend during the month of October the public is invited to Williams Orchards.
Visitors can take a hay ride to the pumpkin patch and shoot an apple gun on the way back, but the "punkin chunkin machine" is a crowd favorite.
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Umberger designed the chunker on a chalk board and built the machine in about a week.
The farm also boasts a giant corn maze that pays tribute to two of Virginia's college football teams.
Visitors have to answer a series of trivia questions to find their way out.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll speak with writer Keith Cummings about his new politcial thriller.
Then a little later in Sports, we'll see if Jeff Gordon can complete the sweep in Martinsville.
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His book is described as a financial and political THRILLER.
And with his background in banking, author Keith Cummings is very familiar with his subject matter.
Keith is joining us this afternoon to talk about his book, "Opening Bell."
Good Afternoon, Keith.
[SUPER=01-Keith D. Cummings/Author;]
(You're certainly no stranger to our region-- I read that you're a Richmond native?)
(Let's talk about the book, "Opening Bell"... I was struck by the book cover... a picture of the White House from behin
d a chain length fence-- An image like that I think would immediately grab the reader...What is the message you're trying to convey?)
(Is this book based on your own experiences?)
(How are your own political views reflected in this novel?)
(And I understand that you're working on a second novel-- Is this one going to also have a political slant?)
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 29 points. The NASDAQ has gained nine.
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After the break, we'll have the highlights of a caution filled day at Martinsville.
Plus the Yankees try to tie the World Series at one game a piece.
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The New York Yankees evened the World Series with the Florida Marlins last night.
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The Bronx Bombers lived up to their name, as Hideki Matsui hit a three run homer off Mark Redman in the bottom of the first.
The shot cleared the fence in the deepest part of the park.
Alphonso Soriano followed that up with a 2 run homer of his own in the fourth inning.
That was plenty for Andy Pettitte.
Pettitte pitched 8 and 2- thirds innings, allowing just one run on 6 hits.
New York won game two, 6-1.
Game three is tomorrow in Miami.
Jeff Gordon led 311 of the 500 laps in yesterday's Subway 500 at Martinsville, including the final 205 circuits.
Mike Stevens has more on the dominating performance, and the 1- 2 finish by Hendrick Motorsports.
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[SUPER=0106-6. Terry Labonte//7. Kevin Harvick//8. Jamie McMurray//9. Bill Elliott//10. Jeff Burton//;]
[SUPER=0106-11. Dale Jarrett//12. Steve Park//13. Matt Kenseth//14. Mark Martin//15. Ricky Rudd//;]
[SUPER=0106-16. Kenny Wallace//17. Casey Mears//18. Ward Burton//19. Greg Biffle//20. Joe Nemechek//;]
The Washington Redskins have now lost 4 of 5 games after a poor outing in Buffalo.
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The Skins trailed 10 to nothing at the half, but Patrick Ramsey found Rod Gardner early in the third quarter for a 25- yard touchdown trimming the Bills lead to three.
But Washington's defense had no answer for Travis Henry.
The former Tennessee Volunteer rushed for 167 yards on 31 carries, and tallied 2 touchdowns.
The Bills took care of the Redskins-- taking the game 24 to 7.
The city of Roanoke wants to people to known downtown is the place to shaop AND live.
The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge and Downtown Roanoke, Incorporated hosted a "This Is Living" tour yesterday, to showcase apartments that were renovated out of old office buildings.
Organizers say they hope this is just the beginning to make downtown Roanoke a hip, cool place for people to live and work.
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((BOB FETZER/ARTS COUNCIL OF THE BLUE RIDGE: AND ECONOMICALLY IT'LL BE A STEAM ENGINE FOR ROANOKE TO BUILD ON IN THE FUTURE AND JUST RECYCLING A NUMBER OF THESE BUILDINGS THAT HISTORICALLY BEEN USED FOR OFFICE SPACE AND TO BE ABLE TO BRING THEM BACK IN A NEW LIFE WITH COOL APARTMENTS AND GREAT SPACES TO LIVE.))
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More than 300-apartments were showcased yesterday.
Organizers say they hope to add even more.
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