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A Christiansburg man was scheduled to die tonight by lethal injection for the murder of 87 year old Annie Lester.
But a federal court has decided to stay the execution.
As Justin McLeod discovered it is the way he was to be put to death that may have saved his life for now.
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[SUPER=01-Jimmy Turk/Reid's Attorney; :19]
[SUPER=01-Louise Brown/Annie Lester's Niece; 1:12]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF COURT CASE IF WE HAVE IT))
This is not an issue of guilt or innocence.
James Reid admits he killed Annie Lester by strangling and stabbing her 22 times back in 1996.
The issue, his current lawyer says is whether Reid got fair representation from his original attorney.
[IN Q=It seems extremely]
((JIMMY TURK/REID'S ATTORNEY: IT SEEMS EXTREMELY UNFAIR THAT HE'S FORCED TO RELINQUISH HIS LAW LICENSE AND THE DEFENDANT HE REPRESENTED AND LIED TO IS ON DEATH ROW.))
[OUT Q=on death row]
So James Turk filed appeal after appeal in several different courts.
Tuesday afternoon, a federal court granted Reid's request for a delay pending a U.S. Supreme Court decision in a similar case.
It has to do with an Alabama death row inmate who has chosen lethal injection but has damaged veins that prevent an injection in the arm.
What the Supreme Court must decide in Nelson v. Campbell is whether that is cruel and unusual punishment.
[IN Q=Mr. Reid's execution]
((JIMMY TURK/REID'S ATTORNEY: MR. REID'S EXECUTION ACTUALLY IS GOING TO HAVE BE CARRIED OUT IN A VERY SIMILAR FASHION.))
[OUT Q=very similar fashion]
A fashion Annie Lester's family hopes comes sooner rather than later.
Her niece declined to talk to News 7 after the stay of execution was announced.
But she sat down with Rachel DePompa earlier in the day.
[IN Q=I can't say sorry]
((LOUISE BROWN/ANNE LESTER'S NIECE: I CAN'T SAY I FEEL SORRY HIM WHATSOEVER. BECAUSE THAT A MAN THAT BEAT A WOMAN THAT MERCIFULLY, AND STABBED HER AT HER AGE, ATTEMPT TO RAPE HER, I HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO SAY TO HIM, BUT JUSTICE IS PERFORMED.))
[OUT Q=justice is performed]
[IN Q=Virginia's Attorney General]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: VIRGINIA'S ATTORNEY GENERAL HOPES TO DELIVER THAT JUSTICE TODAY. JERRY GILGORE PLANS TO ASK THE SUPREME COURT THIS MORNING TO OVERTURN THE 4TH CIRCUIT'S DECISION AND CONTINUE THE EXECUTION AS SCHEDULED. JUSTIN McLEOD., NEWS 7.))))
A Chesapeake jury resumes deliberations today in the trial of accused sniper Lee Malvo.
The teenager is charged with killing an F-B-I analyst last year.
If the jury convicts Malvo, the judge will allow relatives of the sniper victims to testify during the penalty phase.
Malvo could get the death penalty.
Prosecutors in California will formally file child molestation charges against Michael Jackson today.
The charges are expected to detail allegations that the pop star molested a boy who slept at his Neverland Ranch several times.
The boy is now 14 and has cancer.
Jackson has been free on three million dollars' bail since he turned himself in to authorities last month.
The singer says the charges against him are quote "predicated on a big lie."
His attorney says the boy's family is out for money.
The man who tried to assassinate Ronald Reagan is being allowed to leave a mental hospital on his own.
A federal judge has ruled that John Hinckley can have six unsupervised day trips with his parents.
Hinckley has lived at a mental hospital in Washington since he was acquitted in 19-82 by reason of insanity for shooting President
Reagan, Presidential press secretary James Brady, and two law enforcement officers.
Nancy Reagan says she's disappointed by the judge's ruling.
One healthcare provider is trying to protect those who are vunerable to contracting the flu.
Centra Health is asking anyone with a cough, runny or stuffy nose and sore throat not to visit folks in hospitals or nursing homes.
The company operates Lynchburg General Hospital as well as Guggenheimer Nursing Home in Lynchburg and Fairmont Crossing in Amherst.
Meanwhile, two local health departments are getting some more flu vaccine.
The Roanoke City Health Department now has an additional hundred doses of the serum. But it's only available to those at high risk and on a first-come-first-served basis by appointment.
Lynchburg's Health Department has about 50 doses which it plans to give out at a clinic beginning this morning at 8:30.
And if you're looking for Flu Mist, the nasal version of the vaccine, it's available at Martinsville's Health Department. The supply is limited.
The 20th annual Friday Football Extra awards banquet honored players and coaches from throughout the area last night.
Mike Stevens says it was also a night for scholars.
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[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Salem/FFE Awards Banquet; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Highfill, Jr./2003 Noel C. Taylor Scholar Athlete; :23]
[SUPER=01-J. K. Thompson/Roy Stanley Scholarship Winner; :45]
[SUPER=01-Patrick Gevas/Roy Stanley Scholarship Winner; 1:06]
[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
(( When the annual banquet began back in 1984 it was all about football - now 20 years later WDBJ-7 passed out three academic scholarships.
William Byrd's Jeff Highfill made some history as he became the first person to win a player of the week and the $2000 dollar Noel C. Taylor scholarship in the same year.
((JEFF HIGHFILL, JR.))
Two Roy Stanley Memorial scholarships also were handed out at the banquet.
Parry McCluer's J.K. Thompson - a basketball, tennis and golf star for the Blues won the $1000 athletic scholarship.
The $1000 Roy Stanley Journalism grant went to William Byrd's
In business news, dozens of new jobs are headed north from Georgia to Franklin County.
Yesterday, Ronile (Row-NILE) Incorporated announced it will expand operations at its Rocky Mount facility, adding 74-new jobs.
Ronile makes custom-dyed yarns and other floor coverings.
The one-point-one million dollar expansion is the result of the company's decision to close its Georgia plant.
Ronile currently employs more than 250-people.
Officials hope to begin filling the new jobs in February.
In other business news, Investors react to the return of the SARS Virus.
Ed Crane has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Ed Crane/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
((THE DOW RALLIED INTO POSITIVE TERRITORY LATE IN WEDNESDAY S TRADING..BUT THE NASDAQ CLOSED LOWER
YOUR CLOSING NUMBERS:
DJIA UP 15.70
NASDAQ DOWN 2.96
PART OF TODAY S NASDAQ LOSS CAN BE CHALKED UP TO PROFIT TAKING.BUT INVESTORS ARE BEING SPOOKED BY REPORTS OF A RESURGENCE OF THE SARS VIRUS IN ASIA, A NEW CASE CONFIRMED IN TAIWAN
IT WAS A BIG DAY FOR IPO S---WHICH ARE FINALLY COMING BACK INTO VOGUE ON WALL STREETCHINA LIFE---THAT NATIONS BIGGEST I
NSURANCE COMPANY, MADE IT S 3 BILLION DOLLAR DEBUT ON THE NYSE----AND WITH 30 MILLION SHARES TRADED WAS THE MOST ACTIVE
ISSUE THE STOCK GAINED ABOUT 25 PERCENT OVER IT S 18 DOLLAR PER SHARE OFFERING PRICE
ALSO MAKING IT S DEBUT---ORBITZ (ORBZ) WHICH RAN UP A FEW DOLLARS BUT CLOSED NEAR IT S 26 DOLLAR OFFERING PRICE THIS IS
AN ON LINE TRAVEL SERVICE OWNED BY THE 5 MAJOR U-S AIRLINES
FED EX FAILED TO DELIVER FOR INVESTORS, IT S EARNINGS FAILING TO MEET WALL STREET S TARGET NUMBER. FED EX SAYS INTERNAL
COSTS ARE TO BLAME---INCLUDING THE EXPENSE OF BUYOUT PACKAGES FOR 36 HUNDRED EMPLOYEES.
ONE OF THE OTHER SECTORS DOING WELL WEDNESDAY ----BROKERAGE HOUSES..
E TRADE UP ON ANALYST COMMENTS, BEAR STEARNS AND LEHMAN BROTHER BOTH HAD BEAT THE STREET NUMBERS BUT FINISHED IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS
THE S-E-C HAS MADE THE MOST SWEEPING REGULATORY CHANGES IN THE 211 HISTORY OF THE NYSE----MOST OF THEM CORPORATE GOVERN
ANCE RELATEDAMONG THEM---A DIVISION OF POWER AT THE TOP.WITH THE EXHANGE TO BE OVERSEEN BY A NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS.AN
INDIVIDUAL CHAIRMAN AND A C-E-O..
AND HERE S ANOTHER MEASURE OF HOW GOOD A YEAR IT S BEEN FOR WALL STREET----THE SECURITIES INDUSTRY WILL PAY OUT 11 BILL
ION DOLLARS IN BONUSES THIS YEAR AN AVERAGE OF 69 THOUSAND. A BIG JUMP OVER THE 52 THOUSAND OF LAST YEAR
GET MORE BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL NEWS ROUND THE CLOCK AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM..
I'M ED CRANE, CBS MARKETWATCH, NY.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Two people were shot in Roanoke this morning, one fatally.
It happened on Bennet Drive at the Caru Apartment Complex.
Police told our crew on the scene that one person was shot to death inside a car.
The other person was injured and taken to the hospital.
We'll have more information as soon as it becomes available. [Iraq]
Another American soldier has been killed in Iraq.
U-S commanders are offering few details.
They say only that the soldier was killed yesterday during an ambush in Baghdad, and that another U-S soldier and an Iraqi interpreter were wounded.
The U- S has been warning there could be more attacks on American coalition forces and their Iraqi allies in response to last weekend's capture of Saddam Hussein.
Roanoke County residents are celebrating the announcement that a methadone clinic will not set up shop on Colonial Avenue.
And yesterday, Roanoke City residents also found some encouragement in that news.
Plans for a methadone clinic on Hershberger Road have drawn sharp opposition in the city.
Opponents are hailing the Roanoke County developments, and say they hope a Tennessee company and city officials are paying attention.
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[IN Q=Well I'm glad I truly am]
((WELL I'M GLAD I TRULY AM. I TALKED TO SOME OF MY BOARD MEMBERS THIS MORNING AND THEY WERE PROUD TO HEAR THAT, BECAUSE IT WAS GOING NEAR A SCHOOL AND RESIDENCE. IT SHOULDN'T BE NEAR NO ONE'S RESIDENCE, NO ONE'S SCHOOL.))
[SUPER=01-Perneller Chubb-Wilson/Roanoke SCLC President;]
[OUT Q=no one's school.]
The property on Hershberger road is currently zoned to allow the methadone clinic, but opponents are hoping the company will also reconsider in the face of strong opposition from citizens.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
There's a pay raise in the future for Virginia's teachers, college professors and government employees.
The raise was included in the governor's budget which he rolled out yesterday along with his tax reform proposals.
Meghan Muldoon has the details.
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[IN Q=THIS PUTS US ON THE PATH BACK]
[SUPER=01-Del. Vince Callahan/(R) McLean; 1:11]
[OUT Q=MM, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.]
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((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: THIS PUTS US ON THE PATH BACK TO FINANCIAL STABILITY.))
Governor Warner introduced a new state budget that includes nearly two-point-four billion dollars in new spending requirements.
Most of that money is earmarked for education, health services, transportation and public safety.
Warner is recommending an additional 144 million dollars for Virginia's colleges and universities.
Money he hopes will prevent the huge tuition increases seen in the past year.
((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: IF THE STATE DOESN'T DO ITS SHARE YOU'RE GONNA SEE KIDS NOT BEING ABLE TO GET INTO THE CLASSES, NOT BEING ABLE TO GRADUATE AND PAY ENORMOUSLY HIGHER TUITIONS.))
State workers, college faculty and school teachers are also slated for a three percent raise under Warner's budget but they won't see it until November 2005.
Warner told lawmakers that his tax reforms are necessary in order to preserve Virginia's AAA bond rating.
But some Republicans are not convinced.
((DELEGATE MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: IT IS NEVER AS DIRE AS THE PROPONENTS OF TAX INCREASES WANT YOU TO BELIEVE. THE SKY IS NOT FALLING.))
The Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee says Warner's budget is "ambitious" and that many proposals, like the one cent increase in the state sales tax, aren't likely to make it into law.
((DELEGATE VINCE CALLAHAN/R- CHAIR, HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS: ONE CENTS PROBABLY I WOULDN'T BE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THAT ONE.))
[OUT Q=WOULDN'T BE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THAT ONE.]
Lawmakers will have an opportunity to craft their own budget in four weeks when the General Assembly convenes.
Meghan Muldoon, News 7, Richmond.))