Coming up on NEWS- 7 at SIX:
The case- - for, and against- -a new trial for murderer Jen Soering.
And we go to Highland County to talk with Jennifer Jolin- -who'll be among
the first female cadets at V-M-I next year.
Tonight in sports, the Spurs fire head coach Bob Hill, the Tech rookies are
growing up in a hurry,
and so is Hanging Rock teaching pro Chip Sullivan, who earned his PGA tour
card today. Steve Mason will have his story in sports.
Clouds will roll in tomorrow and bring some showers along the way. Forecast
details coming up.
His attorney says Jens Soering's 1990 double murder trial was a horrible and
traumatic experience, yet Soering wants to do it all over again.
It could be a few months before a judge decides whether prosecutors withheld
crucial evidence, and grant Soering a new trial.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=Six years ago
SUPER=04-June 1990; :00
SUPER=01-Gail Marshall/Defense Attorney; :30
SUPER=01-John McLees/Asst. Attorney General; :53
OUT Q=News7, Bedford.
(( Six years ago, Jens Soering told a jury it was his girlfriend Elizabeth who
stabbed to death her parents, Derek and Nancy Haysom... now he says she may
have had help.
Soering's attorney says a Bedford deputy questioned two drifters a few days
after the Haysom killings, one of whom allegedly left a knife in the officer's
The same two men later robbed and killed a vagrant in Roanoke.
Gail Marshall claims investigators never passed this information along to
Soering's attorneys, who might have used it to his advantage during the trial.
IN Q=The good faith
((GAIL MARSHALL/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: THE GOOD FAITH OR BAD FAITH OF THE
PROSECUTION IS NOT AN ISSUE. THE QUESTION IS WAS THERE EXCULPATORY EVIDENCE
KNOWN BY THE COMMONWEALTH AND WAS IT NOT DISCLOSED. PERIOD.))
OUT Q=not disclosed, period.
But the state says trying to link those men, Robert Albright and William
Shifflett, to the Haysom case is sheer speculation.
The pair were never considered suspects in the murders, and that's why the
story never came up in court.
IN Q=We're all human
((JOHN MCLEES/ASST. ATTORNEY GENERAL: WE'RE ALL HUMAN, AND WHEN YOU HAVE A LOT
OF PEOPLE INVOLVED IN A LARGE OPERATION OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME, NOTHING'S
PERFECT. BUT THIS WAS A VERY THOROUGH, VERY PROFESSIONAL, VERY CLEAN
OUT Q=very clean investigation.
IN Q=Six years after
((Six years after his conviction, Jens Soering will have to wait a few more
months before learning whether he'll get a new trial. Soering's attorney has
sixty days to have fingerprints from the crime scene examined to see if they
match either Robert Albright or William Shifflett. After that, written briefs
will be filed, but a decision from Judge William Sweeney may not be handed down
until March. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.))
OUT Q=News7, Bedford.))
The C-F-W directory assistance center in Clifton Forge will soon be the
target of informational pickets.
The union representing workers there has filed four federal charges against
the communications company, accusing it of going through the motions of
collective bargaining with no intention of reaching an agreement.
The United Paperworkers International Union says C-F-W is demanding that all
new hires are NON- UNION temporary workers, and that would reduce the union's
IN Q=I can't
((GLENN ANGLIN/UPIU LOCAL 437: I CAN'T THINK OF ANYTHING THEY'VE DONE TO GET
CLOSER TO WHERE WE'RE AT.))
SUPER=01-Glenn Anglin/UPIU Local 437;
OUT Q=we're at.
C-F-W says it has been bargaining with the union since March and the
negotiations have been consistently in good faith.
C-F-W has roughly 80 union employees in Clifton Forge.
A Smyth County man is behind bars... charged with murdering his son- in-
According to authorities, 62- year- old Joseph Louthen called 9-1-1 Sunday
night to report that he had shot 40- year- old Roger Thomas.
When deputies got there, they found Thomas already dead.
He had FOUR gunshot wounds.
His wife--Louthen's daughter-- was apparently at the scene when the shooting
Louthen is being held at the Smyth County Jail in lieu of 200- thousand
Two days before 90 year- old Anna Lester was beaten and stabbed inside her
home, the man charged in her murder said he wanted to kill all the black women
That was the testimony of a 15 year- old boy, who lives in the house at
which James Reid boarded.
Tracy Altizer has more.
IN Q=The judge certified
SUPER=01-Gary Eanes/Witness; :14
SUPER=01-George Eanes/Witness; :27
SUPER=04-October 13; :39
SUPER=01-Tom Lawson/Christiansburg Police Investigator; :55
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( The judge certified murder charges against 53 year- old James Reid after
hearing testimony from the boy, whom News-7 isn't naming because of his age,
and others who say they saw Reid in blood-soaked clothes.
((GARY EANES/WITNESS: HE HAD A BEIGE-LOOKING JACKET, BEIGE OR WHITE-COLORED
JACKET AND IT HAD BLOOD ALL OVER IT. HE HAD WHITE TENNIS SHOES ON THAT WERE
SOAKED IN BLOOD, AND HE HAD SCRATCHES ON HIS NECK AND FOREHEAD. ))
((GEORGE EANES/WITNESS: HE TOLD ME THAT HE GOT IN AN ARGUMENT OVER LOVE AND ALL
KINDS OF CRAZY STUFF. AND HE TOLD ME THAT HE TRIED TO COMMIT SUICIDE.))
Both witnesses said Reid approached them from the direction of the victim's
house across the street. That was shortly before Lester's cousin found her
Inside Lester's home, police found a birthday card to Reid postmarked two
days earlier. It was in a bag with a photo album.
((TOM LAWSON/CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE INVESTIGATOR: I DISCOVERED MULTIPLE PICTURES
IN THE ALBUM OF MR. REID.
QUESTION: THE DEFENDANT?
ANSWER: YES, THE DEFENDANT, MR. REID. ))
The forensic lab is still analyzing evidence from the crime scene and from
If the tests support police suspicion that Reid RAPED Lester, the charge
against him could be elevated to capital murder. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--
a former Miss America comes to southwest Virginia with a message of
education as a community project.
and she wants to be one of the first--
We'll hear from one of the young women who has been offered early admission to
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
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Jennifer Jolin will make history next fall.
The Highland High School senior is one of four women accepted so far to
Today she told Eric Earnhart how she feels about her future.
IN Q=Jen Jolin was in school
SUPER=01-Jennifer Jolin/Future VMI Keydet; :10
SUPER=01-Dawn Marshall/Jolin's Mother; :1:10
OUT Q=News 7
The Roanoke dog groomer who's suing W-S-L-S over what his former employees
said about him on Channel 10 testified today that two of the four women NEVER
worked for him.
SUPER=04-WSLS-TV Newscast-September 1995
Channel 10 broadcast an interview with Andrea Litvak last year, billing her
as a former employee who had worked for Puppyland for six months.
Litvak suggested Puppyland owner Chris Benson ought to be put out of
IN Q=If he chooses
((IF HE CHOOSES NOT TO TRY AND STRANGLE IT, THEN HE'LL JUST TAKE THE CLIPPERS
AND BANG IT UP AGAINST THE SIDE OF THE DOG'S HEAD.))
OUT Q=dog's head.
**Keith on ENG**
In court today, however, Benson said Litvak never worked for Puppyland.
SOT tape #2 11:34:10
IN Q=No, I do
((NO, I DO NOT KNOW HER.
HOW ABOUT SHAMARIE MARSHALL?
SAME THING. I HAVE NO PAYROLL RECORDS, NO RECOLLECTION. TO MY KNOWLEDGE THE
GIRL NEVER WORKED.))
SUPER=01-Chris Benson/Puppyland Owner
OUT Q=never worked.
**Keith on ENG**
On cross examination by one of the attorneys for the television station,
Benson disputed Litvak's account of his grooming technique.
SOT tape 4 14:20:10
IN Q=You deny
((YOU DENY THAT EVER HIT DOGS WITH YOUR FIST WHILE YOU ARE GROOMING?
MOST DEFINITELY I DON'T, AND I DON'T TOLERATE IT.
YOU DENY THAT YOU EVER HIT A DOG WITH SHEARS?
NO, BECAUSE THE SHEARS RUN OVER $100 A PAIR. ))
SUPER=02-Dan Brown/Attorney for WSLS-TV; :00
OUT Q=$100 a pair.
Benson was the final witness on his side of the case.
The defense called Andrea Litvak as its first witness.
She insists Benson hired her in 1989, that she worked at Puppyland for five
or six months. Under oath today, she repeated her account of the way Benson
handled dogs on the grooming table.
On Wall Street the Dow was UP 9 points, closing at 64 hundred 73.
NASDAQ lost four points.
A Roanoke man who sued First Union for race and age discrimination has
settled his case with the bank.
Court papers say attorneys representing Wallace Allen and First Union
jointly agreed to dismiss the case, without saying how they'd settled their
Neither side will comment.
Allen sued First Union in the spring of 1994.
He was was the highest ranking black executive Dominion Bankshares ever had.
Allen was fired shortly after First Union took over the Roanoke bank.
Shawntel Smith made her own dream come true winning the Miss America title
Today the Oklahoma native spread her "reach for the stars" message to
students in Martinsville, Patrick and Franklin Counties.
Smith's reign has ended, but she has not abandoned her school-to-work
The philosophy encourages businesses and community leaders to get involved
with their local school system.
The goal is to educate teachers and students, early one, about the skills
needed for particular careers.
IN Q=People are
((SHAWNTEL SMITH/MISS AMERICA 1996: PEOPLE ARE NOT HAVING THE FLEXIBILITY
SKILLS, THEY'RE NOT BEING ADAPTABLE, THEY'RE NOT HAVING RESPONSIBILITY SKILLS,
THEY'RE NOT HAVING THE WRITTEN ORAL SKILLS THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE. SO EMPLOYERS
ARE FRUSTRATED, AND I THINK EMPLOYERS ARE SEEING THAT IF THEY GET INVOLVED THEY
CAN ARTICULATE TO EDUCATORS EXACTLY WHAT IS NEEDED OUT IN THE WORKPLACE.
BOBBY HODGES/"SCHOOL-TO-WORK" SUPPORTER:IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU'RE GOING TO
COLLEGE OR IF YOU WANT TO BE A GOOD SECRETARY OR IF YOU WANT TO BE A GOOD TRUCK
DRIVER, AND THE SCHOOL SYSTEMS OUGHT TO GO HELP THEM TO BE THE BEST THEY CAN
BE, WHATEVER CAREER THEY CHOOSE. ))
SUPER=01-Shawntel Smith/Miss America 1996; :00
SUPER=01-Bobby Hodges/"School-to-Work" Supporter; :17
OUT Q=they choose.
Smith's appearance was sponsored by the newly formed Piedmont School-to-Work
The organization promotes the school-to-work philosophy in Franklin, Henry
and Patrick Counties.
Coming up tonight in sports, a local teaching pro earns his PGA tour card,
the San Antonio Spurs fire their head coach today,
And we'll check in with the Virginia Tech's freshman class of hoopsters, that
is expected to carry a lot of the load this season.
Chip Sullivan has gone from Hanging Rock's teaching pro to a PGA pro.
The 31 year old finished tied for third in the final stages of the PGA
qualifying tournament with a 7 under 353. Steve Mason has more.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Salem/This Afternoon; :00
SUPER=01-Mike Davenport/Hanging Rock Golfer; 06
SUPER=03-Santa Barbara, CA/Yesterday; :13
SUPER=02-Chip Sullivan/Earns PGA Tour Card; :40
SUPER=04-This Fall; 1:04
SUPER=01-Billy McBride/Hanging Rock Golf Coordinator; 1:14
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
(( Before today, most thought of Chip Sullivan as a solid instructor they
could learn from.
((MIKE DAVENPORT/TOOK LESSONS FROM CHIP:))
Ironically, rain, the one element that hurts a golfers game, helped Chip.
The final round of the PGA qualifying tournament was washed out at La
Purisma Golf Course in Santa Barbara and the final scores were tallied from the
90 holes already played. But the way Sullivan's been playing, he could have
shot under par in a snow storm. We talked to Chip by phone from California.
The Mid Atlantic and sectional PGA champion's top five finish has already
The January 15th Bob Hope Chrysler Classic will be his fir PGA tournament,
Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
The VMI Keydets are on the road tonight getting set to battle the Radford
Highlanders in a renewal of their always heated rivalry tonight at the Dedmon
Radford has won four of the last five meetings. Game time tonight in Radford
The Virginia Tech basketball team won its fourth game of the year last night
by using its fourth different starting lineup combination.
It's a situation most coaches don't envy, but one that Bill Foster is stuck
with a this stage of the year.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Russ Wheeler/Va. Tech Freshman Forward; :35
SUPER=01-Ace Custis/Averaging 20 Points a Game; :43
SUPER=01-Jim Jackson/Va. Tech Senior Forward; :51
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Head Coach; 1:17
OUT Q=...ROAD GAME IS."
(( Foster and his right hand man Bobby Hussey are living on the edge this year,
playing freshman and at the same time playing with fire.
((BILL FOSTER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
The loss of four starters has put redshirt Freshman Andre ray in the starting
backcourt, and forced two true freshman to grow up in a hurry. Both Brendan
Dunlop from the Bronx in New York, and Georgia's Russ Wheeler are having to
adjust to the college game quicker than most.
((RUSS WHEELER/VA. TECH FRESHMAN FORWARD:))
((ACE CUSTIS/VA. TECH SENIOR FORWARD:))
((JIM JACKSON/VA. TECH SENIOR FORWARD:))
Sophomore post player Alvaro Tor has also been unexpectedly thrust into the
starting lineup. All will be tested in the next 12 days when Tech plays
Georgia at home and West Virginia on the road.))
The NBA season is experiencing its third coaching of the still young season
This morning the San Antonio Spurs fired head coach Bob Hill who has won 68
percent games in San Antonio.
IN Q="I'm disappointed...
((DAVID ROBINSON/SPURS CENTER:))
SUPER=01-David Robinson/Spurs Center; ;00
The problem is that the Spurs are 3 and 15 this year. But remember those 18
game shave been played without David Robinson.
The Washington Redskins, once locks to make the playoffs with their 7 and 1
record are now of the verge of missing the postseason.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00
With an 8-and-6 record, Washington is tied with the Vikings and the Eagles,
and a game behind the Cowboys.
But only three of the four will make the playoffs, and right now the Skins
are the odd man out losing the tiebreaker with each of the other three
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(toss to Jean)
The Roanoke Education Association is accusing the city school board of
breaking its promise.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
Jean Jadhon says the R- E- A is taking issue with the board over teacher
Keith, the R- E- A says the school board reneged on its promise
to raise salaries to the national average.
The organization's president will address the matter before the board
She'll also discuss a straw vote among R- E- A members in favor of elected
We'll have that story plus all the latest news,
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
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