Coming up on News 7 at Eleven-
Will it be life in prison or a death sentence for the man convicted of
killing a Tech student? Find out what the jury recommends.
A big win for Oakey Field in Salem tonight.
And figure skater Tonya harding goes from ice skating's bad girl to hero.
News 7 is next.
The jury recommends a death sentence for the man who killed Virginia Tech
Student Alexander DeFillipis.
The decision came back tonight for Ben Lilly in Montgomery County.
A standoff overnight ends with a husband and wife dead- Pittsylvania
County police say it appears 35 year old Wilbur Gilbert Scearce killed his wife
and then himself.
Skater Tonya Harding is back in the news- this time being hailed as a hero
for saving an 81 year old woman who had stopped breathing.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Ben Lilly will pay with his life for taking the life of a Virginia Tech
student last December.
It took the jury just one hour tonight to decide on the death penalty.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=It's obvious to everyone
SUPER=01-Chris Tuck/Lilly's Lawyer; :00
SUPER=01-Skip Schwab/Asst. Montgomery Co. Prosecutor; :16 quick
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./December 5, 1995; :25
SUPER=01-Ezio DeFilippis/Victim's Father; 1:07
OUT Q=News 7 Christiansburg.
((CHRIS TUCK/LILLY'S LAWYER: IT'S OBVIOUS TO EVERYONE THAT HE HAD A PROBLEM HE
COULDN'T HANDLE. ))
The problem was drinking. From the witness stand, Ben Lilly's family members
described him as an alcoholic, mistreated by an alcoholic father.
The defense asked for mercy.
((SKIP SCHWAB/ASST. MONTGOMERY CO. PROSECUTOR: DID ALEX HAVE TO DIE BECAUSE HE
CAN'T HANDLE HIS LIQUOR? ))
The jury answered no, honoring Schwab's request to send a message against
the random nature of the attack.
DeFilippis was carjacked and abducted, and forced to strip to his underwear
before Lilly shot him four times.
((THAT'S WHY PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN THESE KINDS OF CASES, BECAUSE IT DOES
STRIKE AT THE VERY FEAR THAT YOU'RE NOT SAFE. ))
The defense is now planning its appeal, based on the fact that they weren't
able to cross- examine Lilly's brother Mark. Mark took the fifth and did not
testify, but the judge allowed the jury to hear his taped statement to police,
in which he identified Ben as the shooter.
((EVERYONE WHO HAD 6TH-GRADE GOVERNMENT CLASS REMEMBERS EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT TO
CONFRONT THEIR ACCUSERS. BEN LILLY DIDN'T GET THAT OPPORTUNITY. ))
For the victim's family, it's only one more step towards putting Alexander
((EZIO DEFILIPPIS/VICTIM'S FATHER: AND I WANT TO THANK THE JURY FOR
ADMINISTERING JUSTICE. THAT'S ALL.
QUESTION: IS THIS A RELIEF TO YOU.
ANSWER: NOT YET. ))
The judge still must formally impose the sentence, but it would be highly
unusual for him to overturn the jury's recommendation. Mark Lilly is scheduled
to go to trial next month.
Tracy Altizer News 7 Christiansburg.))
A Roanoke woman hospitalized after
being stabbed outside a grocery store over the weekend has died.
Police on Saturday found 31-year-old Wendy McCullough outside the Galaxy
grocery store on Ninth Street bleeding from a large
She told officers that her husband stabbed her in the parking lot.
Authorities say McCullough died late tonight.
By next fall there may not be any First Union employees in the First Union
The bank is transferring the mortgage service center it has there to
About 120 First Union people work in the downtown Roanoke landmark.
First Union says most employees will be offered other jobs.
The bank is looking into a variety of options for the five floors it uses in
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IN Q=Our concern
((PHILLIP SPARKS/ECON. DEVELOPMENT CHIEF: OUR CONCERN IS REALLY AROUND WHAT'S
GONNA HAPPEN TO THE PROPERTY VALUES IN OUR DOWNTOWN AREA WITH 100- THOUSAND
SQUARE FEET OF SPACE COMING ONTO THE MARKET NOW.))
SUPER=01-Phillip Sparks/Econ. Development Chief;
OUT Q=market now.
First Union's lease runs beyond the year 2011, so it will remain the First
Union Tower for a while.
The bank will also pay back Roanoke part of the 300-thousand- dollars in
incentives the city used to help bring the mortgage jobs downtown.
Police officer Robert Riske took the stand in the O-J Simpson trial-
Riske- on the left-was the first officer at the murder scene-
Today he said he saw blood on the back gate to Nicole Brown Simpson's
condo- almost immediately.
That runs counter to defense claims in the criminal trial that Simpson was
At that time, lawyers argued blood was not detected until weeks later.
The bloody glove also came up- Riske testified there was just one glove
lying near Nicole's body- refuting defense claims that a racist detective
planted the mate at O-J's estate.
A Giles County man has died from Legionnaire's Disease.
A spokesperson at Columbia Lewis Gale hospital says the elderly man died
Only two other people with Legionnaires remain in the hospital.
One is critical, the other is in stable condition.
Officials are not releasing the patients' names.
Today officials announced that they had confirmed three more cases of the
The total number of cases in the New River Valley is now 11.
These are not new cases.
Everyone WHO HAS or recently had pneumonia is being tested for the
Officials say the more cases they identify the more likely they are to find
a link between the patients.
Health officials suggest that anyone experiencing pneumonia-like symptoms
see their doctor.
Fans of Oakey Field in Salem got a big win tonight.
A sellout crowd showed up at the city council meeting.
They spoke out against plans to turn the East Main Street ballfield into a
used car dealership.
IN Q=I drive from Lakeside
((JIM ALTIZER: I DRIVE FROM LAKESIDE TO WEST SALEM AND THERE'S NOTHING BUT
CEMENT AND ASPHALT AND BUILDING. AND I THINK THERE'S MORE TO A CITY THAN JUST
COVERING IT UP WITH ASPHALT AND CEMENT AND BUILDINGS. APPLAUSE.
BUTCH JOHNSON: IT'S KINDA NICE IN THE EVENING COMING HOME FROM THAT PLACE EAST
OF HERE THAT WANTS TO BE LIKE CHARLOTTE, AND WE CAN COME THIS WAY AND LOOK AT
ALL THE AREAS THAT BREAK UP BUSINESSES, HIGH TRAFFIC, PAST A PLACE WHERE YOU
CAN LOOK OVER AND WATCH KIDS PRACTICING SOCCER.))
SUPER=07-Jim Altizer: :00
SUPER=07-Butch Johnson; :17
OUT Q=practicing soccer.
City council agreed, killing the rezoning request five to nothing.
Virginia has missed three deadlines to apply for federal grant money to pay
for school-to-work programs around the state.
And Roanoke Democratic Delegate Chip Woodrum is making an issue of it.
IN Q=I will tell
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/D-ROANOKE: I WILL TELL YOU THAT I WAS OUT AT HUFF LANE
SCHOOL...MAGNET SCHOOL MONEY.))
OUT Q=school money.
Woodrum says he hopes the Allen Administration "gets its act together" to
apply for the school-to-work funds by the final July deadline.
Governor George Allen declined to explain the delay to NEWS 7 tonight --
saying he did not want to interrupt a public event at the Executive Mansion.
But the Governor's appointee to handle the grant money says the 23
school-to-work programs around the state simply aren't far enough along to
apply for "implementation funds."
Virginia could qualify for eight to 40 million dollars in federal money.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11--
we'll show you the man BEHIND the politics in our candidate profile of Senator
and Olympic Security guard Richard Jewell goes public to say he is not only
innocent, but a victim of the bombing as well.
Kimberly in WX CENTER
Well Jean, I think it's safe to assume we're getting used to these
unseasonably warm temperatures.
Mostly southerly winds associated with the large storms out west will keep
temperatures pleasant this week.
Highs made it in the upper 70s again today..
MUSIC UP FULL
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The Republicans may be asking him to quit, but Ross Perot showed no sign of
giving up his presidential campaign today.
At a Virginia Tech rally today he launched a stinging attack on Republican
and Democratic fundraising tactics, saying they've put the country up for sale.
He didn't say much about Bob Dole directly, but he said President Clinton
was headed for another watergate if re-elected.
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IN Q= wouldn't you like
((ROSS PEROT/(I) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE; WOULDN'T YOU LIKE TO HAVE A PRESIDENT
THAT'S FOCUSED ON THE PROBLEMS OF THIS COUNTRY RATHER THAN FOCUSED ON TRYING
AVOID BEING SENT TO PRISON? THAT'S WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW. ))
SUPER=01-Ross Perot/(I) Presidential Candidate
OUT Q=we are right now
Perot told the students if they don't act to change the way government
works, they'll pay for it in the coming years.
Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield is becoming a for-profit company.
The state's largest health insurer got permission today from the State
Corporation Commission to change from a mutual company owned by its
policyholders to a public company that would be traded on Wall Street.
Trigon says it needs to make the change to raise money to compete with
large, out-of-state insurers moving into Virginia.
The state will require Trigon to pay 175 million dollars because its tax
status has changed.
A Pittsylvania County man apparently killed his wife and then placed her
body in the trunk of his car hours before taking his own life during a
The standoff began last night when Wilbur Gilbert Scearce led police on a
high speed chase from Danville to Ringgold.
Authorities were pursuing the 35- year old concerning the whereabouts of his
Scearce apparently ended the chase by pulling into a driveway adjacent to
his Ringgold home and pointing a gun at his head.
Authorities and a minister negotiated with Scearce for several hours
before he turned the gun on himself around one- thirty.
IN Q=I feel
((HAROLD PLASTER/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF:I FEEL REAL SORRY FOR THE FAMILY.
THEY'RE GOING THROUGH A LOT RIGHT NOW AND IT'S JUST A TRAGIC THING TO HAPPEN.
SUPER=01-Harold Plaster/Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=to happen.
Authorities discovered Tammy Scearce's body in the trunk of her husband's
car after the standoff ended.
They had been searching for Scearce since Sunday afternoon when a deputy
found evidence of foul play at the couple's home on Fall Creek Road.
The Sheriff's Department says the couple did have a history of domestic
Virginia's senior senator has weathered a storm of criticism from within his
own party and is favored to win re-election.
Tonight News 7 begins a two part profile of John Warner, to be followed
later this week by an in depth look at his strongest opponent to date, Democrat
Ellen Qualls has a look at the personal side of John Warner.
IN Q=For over
SUPER=03-Richmond/August 1978; :44
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; 1:06
SUPER=03-Elizabeth Taylor/November 1978; 1:22
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7.
(( For over a decade, John Warner has been the most consistently popular
figure in Virginia politics.
Even his outspoken enemies would agree.
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((IF I DON'T FEEL THAT AN INDIVIDUAL IS QUALIFIED, THEN I DON'T PUT THEIR
STICKER ON MY LAPEL.))
sot 09:01:24 warner primary night tape one 6/11/96
((LEADERSHIP, HONESTY, AND INTEGRITY COUNT IN THIS STATE.))
He survived a challenge from the right side of his own party this summer, in
which the words Jim Miller became synonymous with the words Dump Warner.
sot TAPE TWO 11:42:58
((NOBODY NEEDLES ME. AS OLD HARRY TRUMAN USED TO SAY "IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THE
HEAT IN THE POLITICAL KITCHEN, THEN OUT YOU GO." AND I HAVE WITHSTOOD THE
TOUGHEST OF CRITICISM.))
1996 has been the first real test for John Warner since 1978, when a
campaign plane crash took the life of his party's first nominee-- Dick
Warner hit the ground running in the final weeks and pulled off a victory
over Andrew Miller.
This is a man who dropped out of high school to join the Navy.
He left law school to fight with the Marines in Korea.
He became the youngest-ever Secretary of the Navy.
NAT SOT TAPE TWO 11:57:21
((THE LADIES KIND OF LIKE TO SEE WHAT I USED TO LOOK LIKE. YOU KNOW, BEFORE A
FEW OTHER THINGS COME ON.))
They call him the Senator from Central Casting -- a former assistant federal
prosecutor, who gained most of his millions and his three children from his
first marriage to heiress Catherine Mellon.
It's the second marriage most Virginians remember.
((ELIZABETH TAYLOR/NOVEMBER 1978: THIS IS MARVELOUS...THANK YOU ALL SO VERY
Then there's ABC News celebrity Barbara Walters.
sot tape two 11:47:55
((I WAS SECRETARY OF THE NAVY AND SHE INTERVIEWED ME. AND WE BECAME FRIENDS.
AND HAVE BEEN VERY CLOSE, GOOD FRIENDS EVER SINCE. IT'S A FRIENDSHIP THAT I
But is he what George magazine calls her "current flame?"
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((THIS CAMPAIGN, FOR A YEAR AND HALF HAS EMASCULATED WHATEVER LITTLE PRIVATE
LIFE I HAD OR PERSONAL TIME. I HAVE THREE CHILDREN AND TWO GRANDCHILDREN. AND
WOULD CERTAINLY INCLUDE MS. WALTERS IN THE CATEGORY AS A HIGH PRIORITY FOR
sot standup 13:45:42
((JOHN WARNER'S OWNED HOMES IN MIDDLEBURG AND FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS IN
ALEXANDRIA. BUT FOR MANY YEARS THE INFAMOUS WATERGATE HOTEL, AND HIS OFFICE,
WITH THIS PROXIMITY TO THE U.S. CAPITOL HAVE BEEN HIS REAL HOMES.))
His staff calls his office "the nest" -- unlike any other Senate office in
His paintings adorn the wall.
He paints flowers.
sot TAPE TWO 11:54:28
((CAUSE I THINK THAT'S GOD'S GREATEST GIFT. IT DEPICTS NATURE, AND I DON'T
KNOW, I FIND IT EXHILARATING.))
That's the man.
In our next installment, the record.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
Soft Music Under
Coming up, trick or treaters stay tuned- Kimberly Mc Broom will have the
forecast for Halloween activities,
and Tonya Harding is back in the news. This time she's in the spotlight for
saving a life. We'll explain later in the newscast.
MUSIC UP FULL
He is now longer a suspect in the Olympic Park Bombing- but the ordeal has
changed his life forever.
That was the message from Richard Jewell today as he spoke to reporters.
Liz Mullin reports from Atlanta.
SUPER=07-Richard Jewell; 04 quick!
SUPER=01-Lin Wood/Jewell's Attorney;36
SUPER=01-James Fox/Retired FBI Agent;41
SUPER=01-Wayne Grant/Jewell's Attorney; 52
OUT Q=for CBS News."
((Today, for the first time, Jewell addressed the media.
JEWELL, AFTER 88 DAYS OF HELL, IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE IT'S FINALLY OVER.
I AM AN INNOCENT MAN.
Security Guard Jewell was at first applauded as a hero for alerting bomb
squads to a suspicious-looking knapsack in centennial park. Within days of the
bombing, the FBI turned its focus to Jewell as its primary suspect.
Nearly 3 months later, on October 26, U.S. Attorney Kent Alexander sent
Jewell's attorneys a letter, letting them know that he is no longer considered
LIN WOOD/JEWELL'S ATTORNEY: THIS MAN IS INNOCENT. THEY KNOW IT. THEY SAY THEY
REGRET IT, AND WELL THEY SHOULD.
JAMES FOX, RETIRED FBI AGENT, CBS NEWS CONSULTANT: IT'S VERY RARE. AND
BECAUSE IT'S SO RARE, IT REALLY AMOUNTS TO AN APOLOGY.
That doesn't appear to be enough for Jewell's attorneys.
WAYNE GRANT/JEWELL'S ATTORNEY: WE'RE GONNA BE SUING THE ATLANTA JOURNAL, NBC
AND TOM BROKAW AND OTHER NEWS ORGANIZATIONS.
In the meantime, Jewell will begin putting his life back together.
LIZ MULLEN FOR CBS NEWS.))
After controversy over the ownership of Roanoke's Dumas Hotel, Total
Action Against Poverty today offered a compromise.
IN Q=TAP will retain
((TED EDLICH/TOTAL ACTION AGAINST POVERTY: TAP WILL RETAIN OWNERSHIP OF THE
DUMAS HOTEL MUSIC CENTER. HOWEVER, WE WILL BE VERY INTERESTED IN ENTERTAINING
PARTNERSHIPS WITH GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS WHO WILL RAISE THE MONEY NECESSARY
TO COMPLETE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS FACILITY. ))
SUPER=01-Ted Edlich/Total Action Against Poverty; :05
OUT Q=of this facility
Edlich says this will encourage more participation from the black
TAP also announced it'll change the name of the Henry Street Music Center
to the Dumas Hotel Music Center.
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SUPER=330-Mostly/Clear/45-49/Morning Sunshine/Clouds Later/62-66;
SUPER=331-Clouds/Clearing Out/44-48/Morning Sunshine/Increasing Clouds/64-68;
SUPER=333-Becoming/Mostly Clear/38-42/Sunny/Clouds Later/60-64;
SUPER=334-Clear & Cool/Some Fog/38-42/Partly/Sunny/60-64;
SUPER=03-Gerlach, NV; :00
Craig Breedlove has been working on breaking the world land speed record for
the past few days out in the Nevada desert.
Yesterday his jet powered car was trying to top 633 miles an hour when it
tipped over going 600 miles an hour.
The 59 year old walked away and says he'll try again.
These two Charles couldn't walk away so now they'll sit down.
Yesterday the NBA fined Charles Oakley 410 thousand bucks and suspended him
for two games and fined Charles Barkley $5000 and suspended him for one game
for their fight last Friday..
Later today millions of baseball fans in the Big Apple are expected to line
the streets of New York tomorrow for a massive ticker tape parade in honor of
SUPER=03-New York; :00
But you know what? The city also has a big Halloween parade set for Thursday
so, the workers are being pushed to the limit to get nine additional floats
ready by tomorrow.
Manager Joe Torre and his players will each receive a key to the city.
IN Q="I think...
((JOE TORRE/YANKEES MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Joe Torre/Yankees Manager; :00
OUT Q=...A LONG TIME."
SUPER=04-World Wide Pants; :00
But before hitting the streets the Yankees will be parading on the David
Letterman show tonight at 11:35 right after News 7.
Manager Joe Torre also joined the Late Show party, but Letterman set him up
for a champagne ambush and Wade Boggs and the boys doused him with the bubbly.
By the way more than 2000 policemen will be used to keep order in tomorrow's
parade that will cost the city roughly $1 million dollars.
No parade for the Braves but, there is somegood news for the team as the
Braves exercise the option clause in Tom Glavine's contract and sign him to a 5
million dollar deal for 1997.
It will mark his 11th straight with the Braves.
The Orioles also exercised the option clause in Brady Anderson's contract and
resigned him for next season.
Anderson shocked the baseball world this past season by hitting a career high
50 homeruns in the regular season.
The Cleveland Indians failed to make it back to the world series, and now
they be losing a key piece to their championship puzzle for good.
Albert Belle, the free swinging slugger who wears his emotions on his sleeve
and occasionally on other people's filed for free agency yesterday.
Belle hit 48 homers and ranked up 148 rbis this past season.
He and 21 others have now filed for free agency.
The first win since 1983 for a Petty Enterprise car has brought back a lot of
memories for folks around the country.
SUPER=03-Level Cross, NC; :00
The team's race headquarters in Level Cross, North Carolina was flooded with
call, cards and gifts, although seeing Bobby Hamilton in victory lane instead
of the King still take a little getting used TO.
((DALE INMAN/STP TEAM MANAGER:))
((ROBBIE LOOMIS/STP PONTIAC CREW CHIEF:))
SUPER=01-Dale Inman/STP Team Manager; :00
SUPER=01-Robbie Loomis/STP Pontiac Crew Chief; :16
OUT Q=...FOR ALL THEM."
Rick Mast is back on the east coast and tonight the driver of the Hooters
Pontiac will be in Salem speaking at this month's meeting of the Roanoke Valley
SUPER=04-1996 Season; :00
Mast is one of the most entertaining, popular and straight forward drivers on
the Winston Cup circuit.
If you'd like to get tickets for tomorrow night's meeting and you're not a
sports club member call (540)366-3946, that's (540)366-3946.
It's begins tonight at 6pm.
Only one game is in the books on this light night on the pro hardwater.
SUPER=03-Montreal, Canada; :00
Mike Gartner scored two goals including the game winner in overtime as the
Phoenix Coyotes beat the Montreal Canadians 5-to-4.
Gartner now has 10 goals on the season. Phoenix is still in the cellar in the
the West's central division.
Tom Lehman won the rain delayed PGA tour championship today in Tulsa,
He finished 12 under par, six shots in front of second place Brad Faxon.
SUPER=03-Tulsa, OK/ESPN; :00
Lehman picked up $540 thousand dollars for the win today.
That pushed his yearly earnings on the Tour to a record One million 780
He ends up the Tour's leading money winner, it's low scoring leader, and he
likely will be voted player of the year by his peers.
Tiger Woods finished 21st. He won $790 thousand bucks in 8 events.
Still to come this evening, Steve Mason checks in from Charlottesville with
Monday night Cavaliers report. We'll see if the Hoos are over the Noles and
ready to make the Devils Blue.
After losing a tough game to Florida State last Saturday, the Virginia
Cavaliers would appear to have the perfect get well medicine lined up this week
in winless Duke.
Steve Mason has more from UVa mindset from Charlottesville.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Tallahassee, FL/Saturday; :00
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/909 Yards Rushing This Season; :11
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :38
SUPER=01-Germaine Crowell/6 Catches for 126 Yards vs. FSU; 1:08
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
GRAPHIC=BIG EAST FB
In one Big East football note, West Virginia officials are stepping up
security at Mountaineer field after Miami assistant coach Randy Shannon was hit
with a 55 gallon trash can Saturday night.
A spectator threw the plastic can out
of the stands, and a number of other objects were also thrown at Miami players
during pregame warmups.
Roanoke native K.J. Hippensteel continues to make a name for himself on the
This afternoon the 16 year old former North Cross student won the
Mid-Atlantic championship at Sedgewood Tennis Club in Bluefield with a straight
set win over McLean's York Allen.
Skater Tonya Harding's being hailed as a hero-
after apparently saving a woman who had stopped breathing.
The 81 year old had passed out playing a video game at a bar.
Harding happened to walk in at the same time. She called 9-1-1 and gave the
woman C-P-R before paramedics arrived.
((TONYA HARDING: GOD PUT ME THERE FOR A REASON TO SAVE HER. I REALLY BELIEVE
((I WAS SITTING THERE PLAYING THE MACHINE. I DIDN'T DRINK OR SMOKE OR
OUT Q=or anything."
Olson suffers from heart problems and diabetes.
She spent the night at the hospital and was released today.