Up next on News 7--
Buena Vista police arrest a man wanted for allegedly killing his girlfriend in Spotsylvania County.
And, he's still defiant, but Saddam Hussein is now in the legal custody of Iraq's new government.
He faces arraignment tomorrow.
Today we're seeing a mix of sun and clouds with a slight chance for an afternoon showers or thunderstorm. I'll have your forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
It's a NEW Iraq that now has legal custody of Saddam Hussein.
The man in charge of the special court that'll put Saddam on trial says he met today with
the former leader to explain his rights.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Tomorrow Saddam Hussein will go before an Iraqi court to begin facing justice for DECADES of crimes.
Teri Okita has the latest.
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Saddam Hussein will have his day in court Thursday after today's
transfer of legal custody to the new Iraqi government. Behind prison
walls that have held the former dictator since he was dragged from an
underground lair last December, Saddam is now on the road to
justice...Iraqi justice. But... One of Saddam's lawyers says any trial
would be illegal.
SOT:Mohammad Rashdan/Lawyer for Saddam Hussein
"The court is illegal, the judge is illegal"
The trial could be just one of Saddam's worries. Intense security
measures have already failed to protect Interim government officials
from militants bent on derailing Iraqi sovereignty. There is also a
risk posed by zealous victim's of Saddam's reign of terror.
SOT: Giovanni Di Stefano/Lawyer for Saddam Hussein
They are not able to guarantee his safety. So I for one, certainly
warned my colleagues that we must allow the occupying force and support
them in maintaining the physical custody."
While plans for the trial push forward....insurgents continue their
attacks. Rebels fired mortar rounds at a U.S. base on the outskirts of
Baghdad International Airport Wednesday, said to be housing Hussein as
he awaits trial.
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On the streets of Baghdad, where newspapers are detailing every step in
the process, many residents believe he deserves the ultimate punishment.
SOT: Basil al-Timimi/Baghdad Resident
"I'm sure the minimum he will face is execution."
Saddam Hussein and eleven other former Iraqi officials face trial by a
tribunal under the new leadership in Iraq. But Saddam still remains
defiant, refusing to cooperate with authorities. TO, CBS News, Baghdad.
Police in Buena Vista have arrested a man wanted for murder in Spotsylvania County.
Rockbridge County and Buena Vista Police Department learned that 23 year old John Seay was staying at the Oak Hill Apartments.
At four o'clock yesterday, a SWAT team entered the home and stunned Seay with a flash- sound diversionary device.
He was arrested without incident.
Seay was wanted for allegedly shooting and killing his girlfriend, 19 year old Mary Angeline Yurksis on Monday night.
He was taken to Rockbridge County Jail to be picked up by Spotsylvania County authorities.
New information has surfaced in a murder case that ended with a surprise plea last week.
Now as Myranda Stephens tells us, Franklin County prosecutors are accusining Christopher Picard's lawyers of hiding evidence.
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(( Last week, Christopher Picard pled guilty to murdering former teacher's aide Lori Boyd -- after his D-N-A was found on a bedsheet near the murder scene.
But, in court documents unsealed Tuesday, prosecutor Cliff Hapgood accused Picard's attorney, William Stanley of withholding that evidence.
In October of 2003, Stanley hired a lab to test the bedsheet, in hopes that it would clear Picard.
Stanley agreed to share the results with Hapgood, but when they came back, Stanley told the court the sheet had been contaminated, and therefore the results were inconclusive.
However, Hapgood later had that SAME sheet tested in April -- and the results showed it had NOT been contaminated.
In fact, it contained both Picard's and the victim's D-N-A.
Hapgood says when he went to get a copy of the first lab results, he was denied the report.
William Stanley told News 7 that he only had ONE sample of the bedsheet tested, and the results were IN FACT inconclusive.
He says he simply couldn't afford to have the entire bedsheet tested, like the Commonwealth did.
If he had, Stanley says his strategy to defend Picard would have been entirely different.
Myranda Stephens, News 7.))
The jury continues hearing evidence in a Roanoke murder case
On this third day of court, the Commonwealth continues to present evidence against 27 year old Carl Richardson.
Richardson is accused of murdering Neesha Edwards in December of last year.
This morning a forensic gun expert testified the gun which shot Edwards was fired from within two feet and from inside the car.
The trial is expected to wrap up tomorrow.
If you've been dreaming of winning the Mega Millions jackpot and retiring early-- you still have a chance.
NONE of the tickets sold for last night's 220- million- dollar drawing matched all five lotto numbers and the Mega Ball.
That means the jackpot will keep growing.
It should reach 280- million- dollars for the next drawing on Friday.
The Mega Millions game is played in eleven states, including Virginia.
((KIM TOSS TO LEO))
LEO in WX-CENTER
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Coming up next, a tactic used by Scott Peterson's attorney may come back to haunt the accused murderer.
Also his case made national news 15 years ago, now a convicted child killer leaves prison in a limousine.
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Scott Peterson's own words may be coming back to haunt him in his murder trial.
A lead detective has testified that Peterson described to a friend several years ago how he would dispose of a body if he ever killed someone.
John Blackstone has more.
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SUPER: VICKI BEHRINGER, COURTOOM ARTIST
In the Peterson courtroom defense attorney Mark Geragos got stung by his
own tactics as the battered district attorney Rick Distaso struck back:
SUPER: DAN HOROWITZ, LEGAL ANALYST
The mouse took on the lion. Rick Distaso challenged Mark Geragos and he
won. He got evidence before that jury that never should have been seen.
That evidence was a phone tip from someone claiming Scott Peterson told
them in detail in 1995 how he would "get rid of a body". Exactly the
same way Laci's body was dumped in salt water, wrapped in duct tape and
anchored with concrete:
It's evidence police detective Al Broccini testified that could not be
confirmed. But prosecutors were able to tell the jury about it because
defense attorney Geragos has introduced several unsubstantiated tips
trying to show police failed to do a thorough investigation.
SUPER: DEAN JOHNSON, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY
The prosecution came out with its game face on today. This is what they
needed to do the last 5 weeks ii is stand up to the jury and make this
point to the jury that a lot of what is bringing forward on cross
examination is in Rick Distaco's words ' garbage' and there are answer
to it. :14
AND FOR THE FIRST TIME THE COURT HAS PROVIDED A LOOK INSIDE THE HOME IN
MODESTO WHERE PROSECUTORS SAY LACI PETERSON WAS MURDERED.
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The police photographs show an orderly and comfortable home with what
investigators thought were hints of trouble: Could the mops by the door
and the dirty rags piled in the laundry room have been used to cleanup
after a murder. And there's poignancy in the picture of the nursery
waiting the baby boy Laci was carrying when she was disappeared.
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A convicted child killer left a New York state prison this morning in a LIMOUSINE.
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Joel Steinberg served 15 years for the 1987 beating of his illegally- adopted six year old daughter.
Steinberg left prison this morning with the 104 dollars he had earned in prison.
His lawyer picked him up in the limo.
The girl died three days after a vicious beating in the New York City apartment, where she lived with Steinberg and his former lover, Hedda Nussbaum.
Nussbaum has said she would flee New York rather than face Steinberg again.
She has reportedly quit her job at a domestic violence center.
Steinberg has been offered an apartment in New York's Central Park West neighborhood and a job on a cable T-V show
The ACLU is suing the state over nude summer camps for teenagers.
A federal lawsuit filed yesterday challenges a new state law that effectively bans nude summer camps for teenagers, like this one in Southampton County.
The head of the A-C-L-U in Virginia said that legislators overreacted and interfered with the right of families to make lifestyle choices.
Attorney General Jerry Kilgore said last year that such camps could attract pedophiles and child pornographers.
They've been talking about it for years and soon construction will begin on Carilion's biomedical Institute.
But what may surprise you is the fact the institute is already up and running.
Justin McLeod tells us all about it.
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They have a staff of just nine people and are working out of a small office here on Church Avenue in Roanoke, but make no mistake the Biomedical Institute already exists and big things are already happening.
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You may have heard of the smart bed.
It is a device that monitors patient movement to prevent falls and bedsores.
The institute has also helped to develop a magnetic targeting device that could make orthopedic surgery easier.
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((DANIEL BARCHI/CARILION BIOMEDICAL INSTITUTE: THEY WERE DEVELOPED LOCALLY. WE GAVE LOCAL COMPANIES TO BUILD PROTOTYPES AND NOW WE'RE TALKING TO NATIONAL COMPANIES ABOUT LICENSING THEM.))
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It's not all about medical devices, the institute is also working to bring businesses to the Roanoke Valley.
Recently, a genetic materials manufacturing company based in Ohio decided to re-locate to warehouse row in downtown Roanoke.
The biomedical institute has also acquired more than a million dollars in grants.
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((DANIEL BARCHI/CARILION BIOMEDICAL INSTITUTE: WHILE THE PUBLIC MAY THINK OH YOU ARE JUST GETTING STARTED WE HAVE BEEN HITTING THE GROUND RUNNING AND GETTING A LOT OF DONE IN THE LAST FEW YEARS.))
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But more is coming in the next few years.
The institute will soon begin the first phase of its new facility here at the corner of Jefferson Street and Reserve Avenue.
Just this week, the city of Roanoke purchased the flour mill and sold 18 acres of land to Carilion so construction can begin.
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((DANIEL BARCHI/CARILION BIOMEDICAL INSTITUTE: BEHIND US THIS LAND WE ANTICIPATE THE FIRST BUILDING OUGHT TO BE OPEN BY 2006.))
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: CBI IS ALREADY IN DISCUSSIONS WITH POTENTIAL TENANTS FOR THE BUILDING. EVENTUALLY THE BIOMEDICAL INSTITUTE WILL HAVE SIX OR SEVEN BUILDINGS BUT THAT WILL TAKE MORE THAN TEN YEARS. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
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Coming up next an accused stalker sends an apology to a Hollywood star.
plus a Boston suburb gets a stalker of a different kind as a moose goes on the loose.
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Actor Michael Douglas starred in the film, "Fatal Attraction," but it's his WIFE who was being stalked in real life.
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A woman is accused of stalking Catherine Zeta-Jones, and making threats against the actress.
Dawnette Knight has since written a letter of apology to Zeta-Jones.
She says she was infatuated with Michael Douglas -- but that she would never harm anyone.
Knight has pleaded innocent to felony charges.
If convicted, she could face anywhere from probation to 19 years in prison.
It's much ado about a MOOSE in a town outside of Boston.
Residents did a double take as a moose wandered into their neighborhood yesterday evening.
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((JESSIE COLLINS/WELLESLEY RESIDENT: ALL OF A SUDDEN THIS ENORMOUS MOOSE CAME OUT OF NOWHERE LOOKING A LITTLE BEWILDERED... THEN IT WANDERED DOWN THE STREET TOWARDS THE PARK. ))
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Environmental officials think the moose is a young animal who was separated from his mother, and was looking for his own territory.
At last report, police were still looking for the moose-- who ran into a wooded area for a while before later going swimming in a nearby pond.
Animal officials are standing by, hoping to catch the wayward moose.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 33 points. The NASDAQ has dropped two.
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Up next in the newscast, the Serena Williams-Jennifer Capriati matchup turns out to be a little one- sided,
And a top driver in NASCAR is expecting to get slapped with a punishment for getting rough after a race.
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The anticipated matchup of Serena Williams and Jennifer Capriati turned out to be a mismatch at Wimbledon today.
Williams crushed an apparently listless Capriati 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the semifinals.
With Capriati having trouble just keeping the ball in the court, Williams swept through the match in 45 minutes.
Capriati had ousted Williams in the French Open quarterfinals earlier this month.
NASCAR officials are discussing what sort of punishment to levy against Tony Stewart for fighting with Brian Vickers after Sunday's race at Sears Point.
NASCAR chairman Brian France says Stewart's behavior is unacceptable.
Vickers was knocked out of the California race following contact from Stewart.
Stewart confronted Vickers after the race.
Vickers claims Stewart reached inside his car and knocked the breath out of him.
Vickers' team members had to pull Stewart away.
Stewart has not commented on the situation, but he could face suspension, a fine, a deduction of championship points or probation.
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Ronde and Tiki Barber have opened their 7th annual NFL Twins Football Camp at Cave Spring Middle school.
The campers didn't take a field trip, but had they wanted to do so, they could have ALL piled into Ronde's new ride without any problem.
Steve Mason takes us for a spin.
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((The 40 foot Mon aco Executive, Ronde Barber's transportation of choice from Tampa to Roanoke for the camp.
With his two children, wife Claudia, plus all of his vacation luggage and golf clubs, Ronde simply needed something bigger to haul his family to Roanoke. The 2 axel and tag axel RV is an ideal place to relax after a hot day in the sun working with the kids
The traveling home is equipped with a kitchen and three sleeping quarters. It took Ronde about 14 hours to make the 800 mile trek. The Monaco Executive runs on diesel and costs about 200 dollars to fill the 100 gallon tank. And Ronde feels right at home behind the wheel.
The barbers will be coaching kids and wresting up in the RV Wednedday and Thursday. Steve mason News 7 sports.))
Virginia Tech has officially joined the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Local stores stocked up with the new Tech/A-C-C apparel yesterday.
They've got Tee-shirts, jerseys, polos and shorts ready for the taking.
Store owners say people have been asking about the new gear for months.
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((MIKE YOUNG: IT SHOULD BE GREAT ESPECIALLY THIS BEING THE INAUGURAL SEASON AND GETTING IT STARTED. IT SHOULD REALLY KICK OFF AND I THINK IT SHOULD GAIN SPEED AS WE GET THE RIGHT ITEMS IN HERE.))
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Stores across the N-R-V and Roanoke began selling the new products just moments ago.
Tech officials say the school stands to make millions in royalties from the new ACC and Tech logo products.
Most of that money goes toward Tech's scholarship program.
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