Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, the Simpson verdict, - -including reaction from
a former team-mate in Lynchburg.
A federal judge says Virginia better get busy signing up voters in
And a French delegation takes in the sites in Bedford County- -home of
D-Day heroes of the Normandy invasion.
Tonight in sports, the O-J verdict interrupts the Hokies weekly football news
Dale Jarrett says a lack of equipment and not courage is keeping Ernie Irvan
from racing at Charlotte this week.
And the 1995 Major leagues baseball playoffs begin tonight at four different
parks across the country.
After a long dry stretch, we may get more rain than we bargained for in the
next 3 days. More on the that just ahead...
O-J Simpson is a free man tonight.
The murder trial closely watched throughout the world ended shortly after
one o'clock today-- the verdict: NOT guilty.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;
O-J Simpson's defense team and family members displayed joy and relief as
the verdicts were read.
IN Q=I do believe
((JOHNNIE COCHRAN/SIMPSON'S ATTORNEY: I DO BELIEVE THAT THERE WERE CREDIBILITY
PROBLEMS WITH MEMBERS OF THE L-A-P-D-- SOME WHO TESTIFIED IN THIS CASE AND I
BELIEVE THAT HAS HAD SOME EFFECT. ))
((EUNICE SIMPSON/SIMPSON'S MOTHER: I KNEW MY SON WAS INNOCENT, AND I HAD THE
SUPPORT OF SO MANY PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD.))
SUPER=01-Johnnie Cochran/Simpson's Attorney;
SUPER=01-Eunice Simpson/Simpson's Mother;
OUT Q=around the world
Nothing but disappointment in the faces of prosecutors and the families of
Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
IN Q=I deeply believe
((FRED GOLDMAN/RONALD GOLDMAN'S FATHER: I DEEPLY BELIEVE THAT THIS COUNTRY LOST
TODAY-- JUSTICE WAS NOT SERVED. ))
((GIL GARCETTI/L.A. DISTRICT ATTORNEY: THIS WAS AN EMOTIONAL TRIAL.
APPARENTLY, THEIR DECISION WAS BASED ON EMOTION THAT OVERCAME REASON.))
SUPER=01-Fred Goldman/Ronald Goldman's Father;
SUPER=01-Gil Garcetti/L.A. District Attorney;
OUT Q=overcame reason
Simpson returned to his Brentwood home this afternoon.
In a statement, Simpson vowed to find the real killer and says he also wants
to get his children back.
The Simpson verdict was the number one topic today most everywhere.
Scott Prince talked to several local residents once the verdict was
Scott, what were some of the things you heard today?
Keith, many people had formed strong opinions on the case long before the
trial even started.
Others are just glad it's over.
IN Q=He had to be
SUPER=01-Patricia Jackson/Lynchburg Resident; :00
SUPER=01-Jay Fregolee/Roanoke Resident; :05
SUPER=01-Dorrest Wells/Roanoke Resident; :14
SUPER=01-Danny Goins/Roanoke Resident; :20
SUPER=01-Paul Thomson/Woods, Rogers & Hazelgrove; :42
SUPER=01-Darlene Younger/Turning Point Women's Shelter; 1:05
OUT Q=along the way.
(( SOT 00:00:28
IN Q=He had to be
((PATRICIA JACKSON/LYNCHBURG RESIDENT: HE HAD TO BE INNOCENT BECAUSE WHY WOULD
THERE BE ALL THAT BLOODSHED? ))
IN Q=Why did he run
((JAY FREGOLEE/ROANOKE RESIDENT: WHY DID HE RUN AWAY IN THAT BRONCO CHASE. TO
ME THAT PROVED RIGHT THEN AND THERE THAT HE WAS GUILTY. ))
OUT Q=he was guilty
IN Q=I'm glad it's over
((DORREST WELLS/ROANOKE RESIDENT: I'M GLAD IT'S OVER. I'M GLAD HE'LL GET BACK
WITH HIS LIFE, WITH HIS KIDS AND THE REST OF HIS FAMILY. ))
OUT Q=his family
IN Q=I really felt
((DANNY GOINS/ROANOKE RESIDENT: I REALLY FELT LIKE HE WAS PROBABLY GUILTY. BUT
THE JURY JUST CAME TO THE DECISION THAT THEY DID NOT WANT THE REPERCUSSIONS
REBOUNDING THROUGH THE COUNTRY BECAUSE OF THE RACE ISSUE. ))
OUT Q=race issue
But some attorneys in the Roanoke Valley say race was just one of the
factors that could've led to the not guilty verdicts.
They say the collection of evidence could've influenced the jury just as
IN Q=Clearly the defense
((PAUL THOMSON/WOODS, ROGERS & HAZLEGROVE: CLEARLY THE DEFENSE WAS QUITE
SKILLFUL IN PUTTING OUT THOSE ISSUES THAT WOULD LIKELY GIVE RISE TO REASONABLE
DOUBT, AND THEY APPARENTLY KNEW THEIR AUDIENCE WELL AND GOT A FAIRLY
PREDICTABLE RESULT. ))
OUT Q=predictable result
One person who could not predict the outcome was Darlene Young.
She runs the Turning Point Women's Shelter in Roanoke and listens to tragic
stories of domestic violence every day.
IN Q=I think the whole
((DARLENE YOUNG/TURNING POINT WOMEN'S SHELTER: I THINK THE WHOLE ISSUE HERE
SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND I THINK THAT IT TURNED SOMEWHERE ALONG
THE WAY. ))
OUT Q=along the way
Keith, people were really split right down the middle on this case here in
But, the only thing that matters is that the jury in Los Angeles was able to
agree on a decision.
The man who played alongside Simpson during his glory days with the Buffalo
Bills today lives in Lynchburg.
Joe DeLamielleure (duh-LAH-muh-lure) is now an offensive line coach at
As a player, DeLamielleure appeared in six Pro Bowls and helped O.J. break
the two- thousand yard rushing mark in 19-73.
DeLamielleure says it was strange watching his former teammate become the
focus of the trial of the century.
IN Q=It's incredible
((JOE DELAMIELLEURE/FORMER SIMPSON TEAMMATE: IT'S INCREDIBLE BECAUSE WHEN YOU
SEE THAT GUY SITTING THERE, YOU GO `MAN, I KNOW THAT GUY'. I MEAN EVERYBODY
SAYS THAT WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING, PEOPLE SAY `MAN, I KNEW HIM WHEN WE PLAYED', BUT
FOR A DOUBLE MURDER IT WAS JUST INCREDIBLE. IT'S GUT-WRENCHING AND RIGHT NOW
I'M REALLY MELANCHOLY RIGHT NOW. IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE NOTHING IS REALLY
IMPORTANT. WE'RE LIKE WATCHING FILMS ON FOOTBALL AND MY HEART IS JUST BREAKING
FOR THE GOLDMAN FAMILY AND THE BROWNS, IT REALLY IS. I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW HEAVY
I FEEL FOR THOSE PEOPLE.))
SUPER=01-Joe DeLamielleure/Former Simpson Teammate; :00
OUT Q=I feel for those people.
DeLamielleure doesn't know how he would have voted had he been on the
He does feel Simpson had the best defense team money could buy.
A slap on the wrist today for Governor George Allen.
A federal judge declared the "Motor Voter" law constitutional, and ordered
Virginia to implement it within six months.
The unexpectedly swift decision is a victory for voters who approved the law
in a referendum last year.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=The U.S. Justice
SUPER=01-Gilda Williams/U.S. Dept. of Justice; :08
SUPER=01-Lawrence Ottinger/People for the American Way; :27
SUPER=01-Virginia DeSimone/League of Women Voters; 1:02
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( The U.S. Justice Department fought for Motor Voter to become law in
Virginia, allowing registration at the D-M-V and social service offices.
((GILDA WILLIAMS/U.S. DEPT. OF JUSTICE: BECAUSE WE THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT
THAT THE CITIZENS OF VIRGINIA REAP THE BENEFITS OF THIS ACT. THE ACT HAS
ALREADY REGISTERED MORE THAN FIVE MILLION VOTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.))
But Governor Allen and Attorney General Jim Gilmore sued the federal
government -- calling it an unfunded mandate that could encourage voter fraud.
((LAWRENCE OTTINGER/PEOPLE FOR THE AMERICAN WAY: VIRGINIA HAS PREDICTED THAT
THERE WOULD BE 1.5 MILLION NEW REGISTRANTS IN FIVE YEARS UNDER THIS ACT. WHY
ARE THEY TRYING TO KEEP REGISTRANTS OUT OF THE VOTING BOOTH? GOVERNOR ALLEN
SHOULD BE LEADING THE WAY. POLITICS CAN BE THE ONLY REASON THAT HE'S DOING
The unspoken assumption is that registration at welfare offices and D-M-V's
might be more likely to add those with Democratic leanings to the voter rolls.
sot DANVILLE BITE
((GOVERNOR GEORGE ALLEN: WELFARE OFFICES ARE FOR RUNNING SOCIAL SERVICES TO BE
IMPLEMENTING WORK FARE, WHICH IS WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO AND REFORM THE WELFARE
SYSTEM, NOT TURN IT INTO A YOU KNOW, ADVOCACY GROUP FOR REGISTRATION.))
((VIRGINIA DESIMONE/LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS: CLEARLY THE VOTERS HAVE SPOKEN TO
THEM. THE JUDGE HAS NOW SPOKEN TO THEM.))
"'Nuff said" says the Allen Administration.
A spokesman for Attorney General Jim Gilmore -- who privately supports wider
registration but acts as the Governor's attorney -- says there will be NO
appeal, and the administration will work to implement the law by March.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still ahead, Len Besthoff will have a live report on the future of Virginia's
and Patrick Evans also has a live report on our birthday celebration, and the
salute to the man who was the soul of W-D-B-J.
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MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Police are investigating the murder of a Roanoke man who was shot and killed
Police found 21- year- old Eric Jones shortly before one A-M with a gunshot
wound to the chest.
Witnesses say Jones was sitting with family and friends in the living room
of a house on Signal Hill Avenue when a man in a hooded sweatshirt barged
through the front door.
When Jones confronted the gunman he was shot.
He died later at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Jones had been arrested earlier this year for possession of crack cocaine
and marijuana, but the charges were dropped.
A truck driver whose decomposing body was found yesterday at the Ironto rest
area on I-81 died of natural causes.
An autopsy today concluded Larry Myrick of Georgia had a heart attack.
Employees of the rest area called police because Myrick's rig had been
parked there with the engine running for a week.
A sheriff's deputy found Myrick's body in the cab sleeping quarters.
The Inspector General for Virginia's Department of Corrections admitted
today his office did NOT have any reason to call off the probe into how a
loaded gun might have gotten onto death row.
And, he says, there was NO reason for his bosses to suggest the gun was "a
hoax" perpetrated by a defense attorney.
Ray (GOAMS) Gomes appeared before the state Crime Commission for the first
a gun was found in Willie Turner's typewriter -- just hours after his execution
Within 36 hours, the director of the Department of Corrections and the
Governor were suggesting it was a hoax on the part of Turner's attorney.
IN Q=You had not even
((DEL. HOWARD COPELAND/D-NORFOLK: YOU HAD NOT EVEN REALLY GOTTEN GOING GOOD ON
YOUR INVESTIGATION HAD YOU? RAY GOMES/CORRECTIONS INSPECTOR GENERAL: WE HAD
BEEN ACTIVELY GOING INTO IT. WE HAD DEVELOPED A GREAT DEAL OF INFORMATION.
DEL. HOWARD COPELAND/D-NORFOLK: BUT IT WAS ALL PRELIMINARY WAS IT NOT? YES.
SUPER=01-Del. Howard Copeland/(D) Norfolk;
SUPER=01-Ray Gomes/Corrections Inspector General;
OUT Q=Yes. Thank you.
Democrats have spent a great deal of time in public meetings since May
inquiring about lapses in prison security.
Without a doubt, the coal industry that supports a good portion of
southwestern Virginia has had its ups and downs recently.
Strikes, low demand, and a declining number of high- yield mines have all
contributed to the problem.
But Len Besthoff says the speakers at the Virginia Coal Council's annual
meeting say demand for coal appears is on the upswing.
Keith last year American Electric Power spent TWO-BILLION-DOLLARS on coal to
supply its power plants.
And Appalachian Power's parent company says it will be using it for a long
time to come.
Proof of that is the program to extend the life of some of its coal-fired
plants by several decades.
IN Q=We think
SUPER=01-Linn Draper/American Electric Power CEO;
SUPER=01-Bill Bales/Norfolk Southern;
OUT Q=our record year.
IN Q=We think
((LINN DRAPER/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER CEO: WE THINK THAT WITH GOOD
MAINTENANCE, IF WE CONTINUE TO REFURBISH THOSE PLANTS, THEY CAN GO BEYOND THEIR
ORIGINAL 40 YEAR DESIGN LIFE. SOME WILL GO 50, 60, MAYBE MORE YEARS.))
OUT Q=maybe more years.
Meanwhile Norfolk Southern, one of the chief transportation companies that
brings southwestern Virginia coal to market, says overseas demand continues to
The vice president of its coal marketing division says the improved economy
in western Europe has sparked demand for more coal at the steel mills and
utilities it supplies there...additionally, N-S has begun supplying more coal
to what it calls "non-traditional" markets, like Eastern Europe, and Mexico.
IN Q=We'll look forward
((BILL BALES/NORFOLK SOUTHERN: WE'LL LOOK FORWARD TO WHAT WE BELIEVE WILL BE A
CONTINUED GROWTH FOR SOME TIME TO COME. HOPEFULLY WE'LL GET BACK TO THOSE VERY
HIGH FIGURES OF OUR EXPORT COAL THAT WE WITNESSED IN 1989 AND 1990, WHEN WE HAD
OUR RECORD YEAR.))
OUT Q=our record year.
Keith, Norfolk Southern says it began to witness this rise in overseas
demand for coal about a year ago.
The stock market lost ground today as investors continue to worry about
third- quarter profit reports.
Nasdaq lost seven points, and the DOW dropped eleven- and- a- half.
It closed at 47- hundred- 49.
Residents of two French towns are on American soil this week, but their
visit to western Virginia is no ordinary vacation.
52 men and women from Vire and St. Lo are seeing the sights AND honoring
the memory of men who died during the D-Day invasion of Normandy.
Poplar Forest, the Bedford County retreat of Thomas Jefferson, was one stop
on today's itinerary.
Members of Bedford's Company A were among the first wave of soldiers to land
on Omaha Beach in 1945...
and even for those French visitors born after the war, the week- long tour
of western Virginia has special meaning.
IN Q=When I was a child
SUPER=01-Jean-Yves Cousin/Vire Mayor;
SUPER=01-Bob Slaughter/D-Day Memorial Foundation;
OUT Q=but we're trying anyway.
The tour of western Virginia will take the group to Lexington and Roanoke,
and will culminate with a banquet at the Hotel Roanoke on Thursday night.
Earlier this evening your hometown station began its 40th anniversary
celebration in earnest with the unveiling of a portrait commemorating Mornin'
host Irv Sharp and all his years of service.
The party continues in the lobby of our studios. That's where we find
DOUBLE BOX KEITH/PATRICK
Patrick, tell us more about the locally commissioned portrait and what's
next on our Anniversary Agenda.
Keith, as you said, they unveiled Irv's portrait, which will now hang here
on our lobby.
The portrait, painted by local artist Eric Fitzpatrick, was unveiled in a
ceremony that included Irv's widow, Mary Lee Sharp.
People in attendance included former Channel- 7 notables Dudley Townsend,
Ted Powers, and former General Manager John Harkrader.
Present General Manager Bob Lee remarked on Fitzpatrick's work.
IN Q=The portrait captures
SUPER=01-Robert Lee/WDBJ General Manager;
OUT Q=on WDBJ-7.
At the conclusion of this evening's broadcast, the party moves into our
small studio, where the W-D-B-J 40th Anniversary Quilt is on display.
This quilt is the handiwork of people from all across the viewing area,
and it will travel to many of the hometowns around the region following
PATRICK AD LIBS TOSS TO KEITH
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/KEITH
Coming up tonight in sports, the major league baseball playoffs open tonight,
Dale Jarrett talks about Ernie Irvan not continuing his come back at Charlotte
And the OJ Simpson verdict also produced a large amount of curiosity at Frank
Beamer's weekly news conference today as the gathering stopped to watch with
the rest of us.
Virginia Tech has climbed out of it's OH and 2 start with a pair of wins,
including Saturday's 26-16 victory over Pittsburgh.
But today's the Hokies focus on this week's opponent Navy was literally
interrupted by the verdict in the O.J. Simpson case.
Steve Mason has more from Blacksburg.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Ken Oxendine/Virginia Tech Tailback; :24
SUPER=01-Jay Haygood/Virginia Tech Offensive Tackle; :33
SUPER=01-George DelRicco/Virginia Tech Linebacker; :41
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :53
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/Saturday; 1:01
OUT Q=... news 7 sports"
The Buffalo Bills beat the Cleveland Browns last night in Monday night action
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/ABC; :00
William & Mary graduate Seve Christie provided the winning points with this
33 yard field goal with just seconds to play.
But the play of the night was turned in by the Browns Vinny Testaverde, who
has hi pass deflected and almost picked off by Cornelius Bennett.
Testeverde instead grabs the ball out of Bennett's arms and picks a few yards
if not the win.
The major league baseball playoffs begin tonight with eight teams opening up
best of five series across the country.
SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00
This is the first season for the new wildcard playoff format and the first
time the Yankees have been to the playoffs since 1981.
But after more than just appearance money.
((DON MATTINGLY/YANKEES CAPTAIN:))
SUPER=01-Don Mattingly/Yankees Captain; :00
OUT Q=...WANNA GET DONE."
The Yanks host the Mariners, Cleveland entertains Boston, the Dodgers host
the Reds, and the Rockies host the Braves.
Ernie Irvan announced last night that he has decided not to race this weekend
The feeling was that Irvan wasn't ready for the 200 mile an hour speeds
through the tri-ovals at the track.
SUPER=04-1995 Season; :00
This afternoon I talked with his teammate Dale Jarrett, via satellite from
the Concord and he says the real problem was that Yates racing couldn't get
four cars ready for the race.
IN Q="He didn't...
((DALE JARRETT/DRIVER - HAVOLINE FORD:))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Driver - Havoline Ford; :00
OUT Q=...IN A FEW WEEKS."