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Day two for Jens Soering in court as he fights to get a new trial.
Should a sex offender who says he'll do it again be let out of prison?
Plus Salem High gets a four thousand dollar bill for damage at Victory
An unsettled weather pattern is in place for the rest of the week. Details
On Health Check-- the country's top heart surgeons are busy this week,
learning a new bypass procedure.
But this one is less invasive for the patient, and recovery time is much
IN Q=So coming back
((GAIL MARSHALL/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: SO COMING BACK TO THIS COURT, AND THE
HORRIBLE TRAUMA AND EXPERIENCE THAT HE HAD HERE, HE WAS NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO
OUT Q=forward to that.
But if convicted killer Jens Soering gets his wish, he'll undergo a second
lengthy murder trial in Bedford County.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Jens Soering still claims investigators withheld evidence during his 1990
trial that might have cleared him of the murders of Derek and Nancy Haysom.
Steve Smallshaw has been covering this week's court hearing.. Steve, what
arguments did lawyers make today?
Jean, Jens Soering's attorney says police should have mentioned that they
questioned two drifters who later killed a man in Roanoke.
But the state says those men were NOT credible suspects in the Haysom
murders, and that's why that information never came out.
IN Q=Six years after
SUPER=01-Gail Marshall/Defense Attorney; :37
OUT Q=at the original trial.
(( Six years after what his attorney says was a horrible and traumatic trial
for him, Jens Soering is fighting for a second chance in Bedford County circuit
At the heart of Soering's claim is a story from former deputy George
Anderson, who says he stopped two men walking along Route 460 just a few days
after the Haysom murders in 1985.
Anderson says one of the men dropped a knife in his patrol car, a knife that
experts say could have been the murder weapon.
But Soering's original attorneys apparently never knew about the drifters or
the knife, and that's information his new lawyers feels could have made a
difference in the trial.
IN Q=It would be
((GAIL MARSHALL/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: IT WOULD BE A REASONABLE PROBABILITY THAT A
JURY WOULD HAVE COME TO A DIFFERENT CONCLUSION HAD ALL THESE ISSUES BEEN AIRED
AT THE ORIGINAL TRIAL.))
OUT Q=the original trial.))
Gail Marshall also was given sixty days to have a set of fingerprints from
the crime scene examined to see if they match one or both of those drifters.
It could take another month after that before Sweeney decides whether to
grant Soering a new trial. Jean?
The defendant's bloody clothing and his photo album found in the home of a
murder victim was enough for a judge to certify murder charges against James
Reid is charged in the death of 90-year old Anna Lester, who was found
brutally murdered in her home last October.
A witness testified on the day of the murder, Reid, bloody and smelling of
alcohol, approached him from the direction of Lester's house to ask for a ride.
((GEORGE EANES/WITNESS: A LOT OF BLOOD ON HIS JACKET, HIS PANTS, ON HIS SHOES
AND ON HIS HANDS.
QUESTION: DID YOU FIND THAT UNUSUAL?
ANSWER: I WAS KIND OF SCARED ABOUT IT BECAUSE I'D NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE. ))
OUT Q=seen him before.
Inside Lester's ransacked home, police also found a birthday card to Reid,
postmarked two days earlier.
And a 15 year old boy who lived in the house where Reed rented a room,
testified Reid said he wanted to kill all the black women in Christiansburg.
The victim's cousin found Lester's mostly-nude body two days later.
A man convicted five times of molesting children says only death will make
Now, the Supreme Court must decide if that threat is enough to keep him
locked up for treatment- even though he's finished his prison term.
The Kansas Attorney General
says it would be unconscionable for the state to release Leroy Hendricks before
he's been treated.
((CARLA STOVALL/KANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL: LEROY HENDRICKS HAS A FORTY YEAR
HISTORY OF SEXUALLY ABUSING CHILDREN. HE HAS ELEVEN VICTIMS THAT WE KNOW OF. IF
HE HAS ELEVEN VICTIMS THAT WE KNOW OF OVER FORTY YEARS. YOU CAN BET YOUR BOTTOM
DOLLAR THERE ARE MANY MANY VICTIMS OUT THERE.))
((TOM WEILERT/HENDRICK'S ATTORNEY: I THINK IT'S A VERY SLIPPERY SLOPE IF WE
START TALKING ABOUT INCARCERATING PEOPLE FOR WHAT THEY MIGHT DO IN THE
SUPER=01-Carla Stovall/Kansas Attorney General; 00
SUPER=01-Tom Weilert/Hendrick's Attorney; :12
OUT Q=in the future."
The Court is not expected to make a decision until July.
Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski pleaded innocent to a New Jersey
SUPER=03-Helena, MT/File Tape;
Kaczynski was in California, but cameras connected him to court in Newark.
((THIS IS A MURDER IN NEW JERSEY FOR WHICH HE'S BEEN INDICTED IN NEW JERSEY AND
THAT IS WHERE HE SHOULD BE TRIED IN NEW JERSEY FOR THAT MURDER. THAT IS WHAT
THE ATTORNEYS ARGUED IN COURT.))
SUPER=01-Faith Hochberg/U. S. Attorney;
OUT Q=argued in court."
Kaczynski is charged with a bombing two years ago killing Thomas (MOH-sur)
He's already pleaded innocent to four attacks in California.
One year ago workers voted for a union at the C-F-W directory assistance
center in Clifton Forge, and still, no labor contract has been signed.
Instead, the talks between C-F-W and the United Paperworkers International
Union have turned ugly.
The union's filed four federal charges against C-F-W, accusing it of
deliberate attempts to make the negotiations fail.
IN Q=We go
((GLENN ANGLIN/UPIU LOCAL 437: WE GO AND THE SAME THINGS ARE ON THE TABLE
THAT WAS THERE EIGHT HOURS, AFTER WE SPENT EIGHT TO TEN HOURS NEGOTIATING THE
SAME THINGS STILL THERE, AND WE'VE MADE CONCESSIONS ON OUR PART.))
SUPER=01-Glenn Anglin/UPIU Local 437;
OUT Q=our part.
The union says C-F-W has not bargained in good faith.
It explains that C-F-W recently made a new contract demand that could reduce
the union's influence at the directory assistance center.
Union leaders say C-F-W wants all of its new hires to be NON-UNION,
C-F-W says it's still hopeful the two sides can reach an agreement, and to
the best of its knowledge it hasn't done anything in labor negotiations that
violates federal labor laws.
The company has about 80 union workers in Clifton Forge.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Here's what's next on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- the Marine heralded for rescuing two
teens from a burning car in Roanoke, is given yet another honor.
And her reign recently ended, but Miss America 1996 hasn't stopped pedaling
On Health Check, an interesting new development in the effort to destroy
Victory is sweet-- but the price tag isn't for Salem High School--
That story and much more when NEWS-7 at Five returns.
Two teens lost in the woods for 15- hours are safe tonight.
The Massachusetts boys emerged from the woods- one on the back of a
rescuer- the other walking out on his own.
The discovery ended an all night search in a swampy wooded area about one
mile from their homes.
It was yesterday afternoon when the boys followed deer tracks into the
Both were told to be back by dark.
Temperatures dipped into the 20s overnight.
Rescue workers say the boys appeared dazed and weather-beaten but all
Staff Sergeant Frankie Lee Hall has added a marine corps medal to the
honors he has received for heroism.
Today, Major Richard Parsons presented the Navy and Marine Corps Medal to
Hall during a brief ceremony at the recruiting office in Roanoke.
The medal is the marine corps' highest award for heroism during peacetime.
IN Q=Complete disregard for
((MAJOR RICHARD PARSONS: COMPLETE DISREGARD FOR HIS PERSONAL SAFETY, HE JUMPED
TO HELP ANOTHER CITIZEN AND THOSE ARE THE TYPES OF THINGS WE TRY TO TEACH OUR
MARINES. IT IS A REAL HONOR TO HAVE A MAN LIKE THAT SERVING WITH US.))
SUPER=01-Major Richard Parsons/United States Marine Corps;
OUT Q=serving with us.
Hall helped to pull two young people from a burning car following an
accident on Interstate 581 in September.
Salem High School will have to pay for letting a victory celebration get
out of hand.
Roanoke's Department of Parks and Recreation sent the school a
four-thousand dollar bill to cover damage at Victory Stadium.
Fans toppled the stadium's goal posts after Salem won the high school
football state championship.
Salem's principal says the money will come out of the school budget.
He says he's proud of the Group Double-A Division Four title, but not of
the fans' behavior.
Only three weeks are left in 1996. So how are you going to ring in 1997?
Patrick has one suggestion.
(Patrick ad lib)
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First Night is the alcohol free, city wide celebration to usher in the New
Year. Believe it or not, it's almost here, and preparations are underway.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans joins us from one home in Roanoke, where the famous First
Night Dragon has slumbered all year anticipating his big night out on the town.
SUPER=01-Charlie Lex/First Night Volunteer;
SUPER=01-Wendy Schultz/First Night;
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health music under
Still to come, Hanging Rock Golf Pro Chip Sullivan gets his PGA card- Mike
explains in tonight's ticker.
It's the latest step in health care reform.
A new group wants to re-invent the patient, by teaching us more about
Coming up on Health Check-- a do-it-yourself medical book that may save on
unnecessary trips to the e-r.
IN Q=There's a lot
((THERE'S A LOT OF HELP IN THERE.. THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO BEFORE YOU SEEK
PROFESSIONAL, MEDICAL ADVICE. ))
OUT Q=professional, medical advice
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A life-saving surgery for some heart patients will soon be more available
Cardiac surgeons from the top ten heart centers in the country started
classes this week on the new technique.
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :
It's called "Minimally-invasive Direct Coronary Artery Bypass"-- that's
Mid-Cab, for short-- and it is less invasive than standard bypass surgery.
Bypasses are performed to get around blockages in the coronary arteries and
restore blood flow to the heart muscle.
But with this new procedure, instead of opening the chest, the surgeon
makes a much smaller incision in the patient's side....and there's no need to
be hooked to a heart-lung machine, as is the case with the standard operation.
Instead, the heart continues to beat on its own throughout the procedure.
IN Q=Primarily it
((DR. PAUL CORSO/WASHINGTON HOSPITAL CENTER: PRIMARILY IT IS AIMED AT
OPERATING ON THE ARTERIES THAT ARE ON THE FRONT SIDE OF THE HEART, WHICH
LUCKILY ARE THE ARTERIES THAT ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO THE PATIENT'S LONGEVITY.
SO, WE CAN DO ONE, TWO, MAYBE THREE BYPASSES, DEPENDING ON WHERE WE NEED TO
SUPER=01-Dr. Paul Corso/Washington Hospital Center; :04
OUT Q=we need to go.
The midcab operation isn't likely to eliminate conventional bypass
procedures, but for the many patients who are suited for it, it could mean
quicker, less invasive surgeries.... with less time spent recovering.
Scientists in New York City may have discovered a new weapon in the war
It involves transferring proteins from one species to another.
The scientists say they injected a protein found on the surface of human
cancer cells-- into a mouse with the disease....causing the mouse's immune
system to turn on its own cancer and kill it.
Next year researchers hope to reverse their experiment and put mouse cells
into human cancer patients.
Their work is reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of
Also in that journal, word of a possible connection between nutrition and
Another set of New York researchers says they found that mice on a
LOW-protein diet were -more- likely to become sick and less likely
to -survive- than those who ate more protein.
An estimated three to four million people worldwide-- die from t-b each
Preparing patients to deal with some of their own medical problem is fast
becomming the next piece in the health care cost-cutting puzzle.
SUPER=03-Garden Valley, ID; :
There's a program now being used in Idaho-- called Healthwise.
Thousands of residents are given a handbook with answers to more than 170
basic medical questions....and hopefully, the tools to decide what's an
emergency and what's not.
IN Q=We're re-inventing
(( DON KEMPER/HEALTHWISE CEO: WE'RE RE-INVENTING THE PATIENT. THE PATIENT IS
BECOMING A PARTNER IN HEALTHCARE. AND THE PATIENT AND THE DOCTOR SHARE BOTH
INFORMATION AND DECISIONS.))
SUPER=01-Don Kemper/Healthwise CEO; :
OUT Q=and decisions..
***CONNIE AUDIO ON CART****
Studies show 70-80 percent of office visits are for minor health problems or
injuries that could be cared for at home.
So, the idea is: a read of the healthwise handbook first may help cut back
on unnecessary e-r visits.
IN Q=If you look
((DR. LYNN BINNION BINNION/ST. ALPHONSUS MEDICAL CENTER: IF YOU LOOK UP A
SPECIFIC SYMPTOM LIKE CROUP, IT WILL SAY RIGHT THERE, THESE ARE THE THINGS YOU
NEED TO WORRY ABOUT. AND THEN YOU KNOW WHEN YOU NEED TO CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR.
AND THESE ARE THE THINGS YOU NEED TO WORRY ABOUT WHEN YOU NEED TO CALL 911. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Lynn Binnion/St. Alphonsus Medical Center; :
OUT Q=call 911.
In addition to the manual.. computer knowledge bases and medical work sites
are set up in 25 libraries.
A phone line staffed with registered nurses is also at the ready to answer
questions on everything from sprained ankles to angioplasty.
Time now for sports-- a popular coach in the NBA is given his walking
But first a local golf pro is making a big name for himself--in the P-G-A...
here's Mike Stevens.
Hanging Rock teaching pro Chip Sullivan is now a PGA pro. Sullivan
finished tied for third in the final stage of the PGA qualifying tournament in
Santa Barbara, California.
SUPER=03-Santa Barbara, CA; :00
The final round of the 108 hole tourney was rained out at La Purisima golf
course in Santa Barbara, California, so the final results were tallied after 90
Sullivan, who has worked tirelessly on his game at Hanging Rock for the past 3
years, finished with a 7 under 353. The Mid Atlantic and PGA sectional champ
just got better on the west coast.
((BILLY MCBRIDE/HANGING ROCK GOLF DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Billy McBride/Hanging Rock Golf Director; :00
OUT Q=...ready for him"
Chip's top five finish also earns him one incredible luxury that those who
finished behind him will not have.
IN Q="He's is
OUT Q=...on the PGA tour"
Another indicator to just how well Chip played would be the list of other
golfers who did not get their cards; Bobby Watkins, Keith Furgis and Keith
The NBA season is barely a fourth of the way finished and already the league
has witnessed three coaching changes.
Today the San Antonio Spurs fired head coach Bob Hill who has won 68 percent
games in San Antonio.
The problem is that the Spurs are 3 and 15 this year. But remember those 18
game shave been played without David Robinson.
IN Q="I'm disappointed...
((DAVID ROBINSON/SPURS CENTER:))
((AVERY JOHNSON/SPURS POINT GUARD:))
SUPER=01-David Robinson/Spurs Center; ;00
SUPER=01-Avery Johnson/Spurs Point Guard; :18
OUT Q=...his kids."
General Manager Gregg Popovich is taking over the coaching duties.
Coming up tonight at six, we'll take a look at the new breed of Tech
Have a nice night everybody.
take a break
Shawntel Smith's reign as Miss America may be over, but the beauty queen
isn't about to abandon her platform.
Smith spoke with students in Martinsville, Franklin and Henry Counties about
When Smith was crowned Miss America 1996, she chose "school-to-work" as a
The philosophy encourages business and community leaders to get involved
with the school system.
One goal is to make students and educators aware of the various careers out
((SHAWNTEL SMITH/MISS AMERICA 1996:THEY CAN ALSO GET ACTIVELY INVOLVED AS WELL
AS JUST THE VERBAL COMMUNICATION-- THROUGH PROVIDING INTERNSHIPS,
APPRENTICESHIPS, JOB SHADOWING AND WHEN THEY DO THAT THEY'RE MAKING THEIR
EMPLOYEES BASE STRONGER BECAUSE THEY'RE MORE SKILLED AND EQUIPPED TO TAKE ON
THOSE POSITIONS. ))
SUPER=01-Shawntel Smith/Miss America 1996; :00
OUT Q=those positions.
Smith's appearance was sponsored by the newly formed Piedmont School-to-Work
The organization promotes the school-to-work philosophy in the Franklin,
Henry and Patrick County areas.
A Highland County high school student who was one of the women accepted to
Virginia Military Institute talked to NEWS-7 today.
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Here's Keith Humphry with more on Jennifer Jolin.
The 17-year oldSUPER=@Keith1;
says she plans to attend VMI.
Jolin says when she started college-hunting she wanted a school with a
disciplined environment, and she says that V-M-I fit the mold.
Today the school announced how it will accommodate women cadets.
VMI will issue skirts, for social occassions...and a computer model will
determine how long female cadets can wear their hair.
double boxes Jean/Keith
More on the story on NEWS-7 at SIX.
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- Goodnight.