Coming up next-
A judge warns O-J Simpson juror before sending them home for the weekend.
Disturbing video of military hazing is released.
Fire breaks out at a Texas apartment complex.
And Star wars fans flock to the theater tonight.
Plus a mild weekend forecast. News 7 is next.
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The judge in the O.J. Simpson trial let jurors go for the weekend- but first
ordered them to avoid reading newspapers or watching TV.
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Meanwhile, the only black woman on the jury was dismissed today.
Sources say she failed to tell the court her daughter worked for the
district attorney's office.
The judge replaced the juror with an Asian male and ordered the panel to
begin deliberating from the beginning.
((LAURIE LEVINSON/LEGAL CONSULTANT: IT'S UN-NERVING THAT THE JUDGE DISMISSED A
JUROR IN THE MIDST OF DELIBERATIONS BUT IT DIDN'T DERAIL DELIBERATIONS. WHAT
THEY HAVE TO DO NOW IS BRING IN NEW JURORS START OVER- HOPE TO COME TOGETHER AS
ONE COHESIVE JURY.))
SUPER=01-Laurie Levinson/Legal Consultant;
OUT Q=COHESIVE JURY."
The jury will continue deliberaating on Monday.
Some disturbing video is released showing military hazing at Camp LeJeune
We warn you this video is graphic-
It shows marines beating flight pins into the bare chests of young
Today, Defense Secretary William Cohen said this abuse has no place in the
((WILLIAM COHEN/DEFENSE SECRETARY: I MUST SAY I AM DISTURBED AND DISGUSTED BY
THE TREATMENT OF YOUNG MARINES AND THE HAZING INCIDENTS.))
SUPER=01-William Cohen/Defense Secretary;
OUT Q=the hazing incidents."
But some in the military say hazing is a part of life.
((GEN. HARRY MASHBURN/U.S. MARINE CORPS: HAZING IS VERY SECRETIVE. MANY TIMES
THE VICTIMS ARE WILLING PARTICIPANTS BECAUSE AS I SAID BEFORE IT'S A RITE OF
SUPER=01-Gen. Harry Mashburn Jr./U.S. Marine Corps;
OUT Q=RITE OF PASSAGE."
The defense secretary has ordered an investigation of the incidents.
A Patrick County man was arrested and charged with the second degree murder
of a six month old child.
Sheriff's officials say rescue workers were called to the home of 28 year
old Kyle Michael Burnett on Wednesday night.
There- they found six month old Brandi Hubbard severely injured.
She was taken to Community Hospital where she later died.
Investigators brought charges against Burnett today after determining the
injuries were consistent with the child being shaken or thrown.
Burnett was babysitting for Hubbard's mother.
He has been released from jail on a ten thousand dollar bond.
It took a Lynchburg jury almost one full day to convict a woman of unlawful
wounding for shooting her daughter last summer.
The same panel recommended that 41-year old Emma Jean Davis spend six months
in prison for the crime.
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Davis shot 26-year old Tara Kim four times during an argument in their
Lynchburg home in July.
Her attorney claimed the shooting occurred in the heat of passion.
IN Q=I think it's
((JOSEPH SANZONE/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: I THINK IT'S A TOUGH CASE FOR THE
COMMONWEALTH, BECAUSE AT THE VERY BEGINNING YOU DEAL WITH A PROVOCATION THAT
CAME FROM THEIR VICTIM AND IF THERE WASN'T A PROVOCATION THERE PROBABLY
WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN A CRIME.))
((KIM WHITE/PROSECUTOR: IT'S A VICTORY IN THAT WE GOT A FELONY CONVICTION FOR
IT, BUT WE'RE DISAPPOINTED IN THE AMOUNT OF TIME AND IN THE LESSER INCLUDED
SUPER=01-Joseph Sanzone/Defense Attorney; :00
SUPER=01-Kim White/Prosecutor; :11
OUT Q=lesser included offense.
White says she'll push to have Davis serve the full six months in jail,
rather than get a work release.
Smythe County prosecutor Roy Evans says Harold Davis' description of Jean
Anderson's murder was too detailed to believe he did not take part in it.
A judge certified rape and capital murder charges against Davis today.
Police say Davis told them he was outside the retired school teacher's
Marion home as she was being murdered INSIDE.
One of Davis' former jailmates testified Davis admitted he had sex with
Anderson, but said his co-defendant killed her.
D-N-A tests linked 17 year-old Joshua Widener to the rape.
Charges were certified against Widener this evening.
Republican attorney general candidate Gil Davis told his side of the story
Davis greeted reporters 90 minutes after a Patrick County judge released him
from his attorney-client relationship with Ramona Hines.
The Pittsylvania County woman made a two year-old videotape public earlier
this month on which she, her husband, and Davis discuss her desire to pose for
Davis says the tape was made after a business meeting.
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((GIL DAVIS: AND AFTERWARDS, MRS. HINES, HER HUSBAND, AND I WENT TO MY ROOM TO
RELAX AND HAVE A DRINK. MY FORMER FRIEND AND CLIENT, RAMONA HINES, APPARENTLY
MOTIVATED BY HER FINANCIAL GAIN AND HER CONSTANT NEED FOR PUBLICITY RELEASED A
HOME VIDEO IN A SAD ATTEMPT TO PORTRAY ME IN AN UNFAVORABLE LIGHT.))
SUPER=01-Gil Davis/(R) Attorney General Candidate;
OUT Q=unfavorable light.
On the tape, Davis says Hines told him she wanted to "take her clothes off"
for Playboy magazine -- and that she should leave it in his hands.
Davis said today he said that to try to end discussion of the topic.
But he's also seen blowing a kiss to the camera and toasting with a glass.
SOT TAPE TWO 01:43:52
IN Q=To me it
((GIL DAVIS: TO ME IT WAS WATER. I'M SURE IT COULD HAVE BEEN ALCOHOL OF SOME
SORT. I WOULD GUESS IT WAS PROBABLY A SHOT OF VODKA.))
OUT Q=shot of vodka.
Davis challenged his three GOP primary opponents to sign a clean campaign
A special election sent Barnie Day to Richmond one week later than everyone
It's been a bumpy landing for Southside's newest member of the House of
Or Republicans have a case of sour grapes.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=First they
SUPER=01-Del. Leo Wardrup/(R) Virginia Beach; :31
SUPER=01-Del. Barnie Day/(D) Patrick Co.; :42
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( First, they thought he spent too much time introducing visitors from home
in what's called the "morning hour" of the full House floor session.
Then he sent his first e-mail to all his colleagues.
It's the tone that has drawn snickers and derision.
pre-pro page one
Day wrote "When you see me do or say something stupid, please say to
yourselves that poor boy is simply doing the best he knows how."
Then there was the e-mail of the Jedi Song, in honor of the re-release of
It's sung to the tune of YMCA, and at the top, Day types "Look like
someone's got too much time on their hands."
((DEL. LEO WARDRUP: I'M NOT GONNA SECOND GUESS... I DON'T HAVE TIME TO DO THAT
SORT OF THING. ... HE HAS JUST GOTTEN HERE.))
But what Republicans are second-guessing is they say Day promised Minority
Leader Vance Wilkins he'd run as a Republican.
Then he changed his mind and his party commitments -- and quickly picked up
31- thousand dollars in campaign contributions and in- kind support from the
House Democratic Caucus.
((DEL. LEO WARDRUP: IT KIND OF BOTHERS ME WHEN A PERSON .. HAVING ANNOUNCED AS
A REPUBLICAN... RUNS A DEMOCRAT.))
Day's already up for re-election this fall.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
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Still to come on News 7 at 11, a mother who lost her son to murder is afraid
the convicted killer will get away with the crime,
And some tense moments tonight as a spectacular fire sweeps through a
apartment house full of retirees.
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It can be devasting when fire breaks out in an apartment complex-
even more so when it houses mainly retirees.
That's what happened in Irving Texas.
The flames shot through the roof at this housing complex- black smoke could
be seen for miles.
Amazingly though no reports of any injuries.
One resident says she believes an electrical outlet overheated and started
A convicted killer and high-level drug trafficker who once lived a
comfortable life in Roanoke County has been relocated by the federal
The feds assured the murder victim's family that Javier Cruz would appear
in court this month.
He did not.
The federal drug case remains sealed-
As Keith Humphry reports, Glenda Garrett doesn't believe the 44-year old
drug runner-turned government informant will ever serve time.
IN Q=You can murder
SUPER=01-Glenda Garrett/Murder Victim's Mother; :00
SUPER=10-Mark Garrett/Murder Victim/April 25, 1987; :21
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OUT Q=Charlotte, North Carolina.
IN Q=You can murder
((YOU CAN MURDER SOMEBODY, AND IT'S JUST IF YOU KNOW A LOT YOU DON'T SERVE ANY
The pain of losing her son is just as intense as the day it happened.
Nearly 10 years later she's still reviewing news accounts of the crime.
July 30, 1987, Mark Garrett's body was found on the southside of Charlotte
with a bullet near the back of his head.
Mrs. Garrett says Mark had bought a truck from the Columbian drug
trafficker, Javier Cruz, but that Cruz wouldn't give her son title to the
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((AND HE SAID: "HE'S GOING TO GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK, OR ELSE. WELL, I THINK WE
GOT "OR ELSE."))
Cruz disappeared only to surface two years later on a dairy farm he bought
in Bent Mountain. He moved to Salem in the Summer of 1990.
It was a convenient mid-point for transporting cocaine up and down the East
Using the alias, Louis Florez, Cruz ran a used car lot in Roanoke,
specializing in pick-ups, station wagons, campers, trailers... anything that
could be used to conceal large amounts of cash and coke.
Soon after he got busted in Miami, Cruz agreed to become an informant.
((HE'S A VERY SMART PERSON. HE IS SMART. HE KNOWS HOW TO MANIPULATE PEOPLE AND
GET OUT OF THINGS.))
Garrett is convinced the D-E-A got the murder charges reduced, so they
could get him back on the street working for them.
((THEY CAME INTO CHARLOTTE. THEY CLEARED IT OUT. THAT'S SCARY. TO THINK THAT
SOMEONE CAN JUST COME INTO CHARLOTTE, WIPE OUT A MURDER CHARGE.))
The feds adamantly deny the accusation.
News 7 reviewed the case file this week.
((COURT RECORDS HERE IN CHARLOTTE INDICATE THE CASE WAS CONTINUED AGAIN AND
AGAIN, AT THE REQUEST OF THE PROSECUTION. EACH TIME THE RECORDS INDICATE: "THE
DEFENDANT IS UNAVAILABLE. IN FEDERAL CUSTODY IN ROANOKE, VIRGINIA." WHEN THE
CASE WAS FINALLY HEARD IN 1992, JUDGE MARVIN GRAY FOUND CRUZ GUILTY OF
MANSLAUGHTER. THE ENTIRE TEXT OF THE PLEA AGREEMENT READS: "REDUCE THE CHARGE
FROM MURDER TO INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER." LESS THAN ONE MONTH LATER THE NORTH
CAROLINA PAROLE COMMISSION GRANTED CRUZ AN UNCONDITIONAL DISCHARGE FROM HIS
THREE-YEAR SENTENCE. KEITH HUMPHRY, NEWS-7, CHARLOTTE, N.C.))
OUT Q=Charlotte, North Carolina.
Cruz had been back in Roanoke County working for the D-E-A as an informant
for nearly five years.
Then the story got out last Fall, and the government relocated Cruz.
Federal authorities refuse to discuss what they insist is an ON-going
Four Ferrum College football players face assault charges, stemming from an
on-campus fist fight last week.
Last year's leading rusher Maurice Clark, along with Al Anderson, David
Cooper, and Michael Bryant are accused of beating one of their teammates.
But Wesley Mattera, the alleged victim, is now facing an assault charge of
his own... after one of the players accused Mattera of starting the brawl.
IN Q=As a
((MATT CONN/FERRUM COLLEGE SPOKESMAN: AS A COLLEGE, WE DON'T TOLERATE OR
CONDONE ANY OF THIS BEHAVIOR FROM ANY OF OUR STUDENTS. AND ANY STUDENT THAT
TAKES PART IN THE ACTIONS THAT ALLEGEDLY TOOK PLACE WILL FACE CAMPUS
SUPER=01-Matt Conn/Ferrum College Spokesman;
OUT Q=campus punishment
They also face legal punishment.
Mattera will be arraigned February 5th.
Clark, Anderson, Cooper and Bryant will be tried February 19th.
Soft Music Under
Stay with us, Robin Reed will be along with the weekend forecast,
and we'll see how area Star Wars fans are turning out in force to revisit a
galaxy far far away.
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What would you think of spending more than 600 dollars for Nintendo?
That's how much the new video console Nintendo 64 goes for.
The game made its debut at the International Toy Fair in Germany.
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The game uses state of the art computer technology- with 3-D graphics in
real time- previously reserved for multi million dollar computers.
The console sells for $640 dollars.
Other popular items- Batman merchandise, Jurassic Park dinosaurs and Star
Barbie- portrayed as Marilyn Monroe is also expected to sell.
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Salem and Patrick henry are the big winners in high school action tonight.
UVa is set to battle Florida State, the Express loses Dubkov, and the BIlls
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And when will the NBA get Dennis Rodman back? Today he met with Commissioner
David Stern who says he will rule on his reinstatement after the all-star
Now the numbers.
WIPE TO SCORES
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Saves/j/Raleigh/4//Richmond/3//Final In OT/;
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go to break
The Salem Spartans took temporary control at the top of the Blue Ridge
district tonight with a 56 to 54 win over William Byrd.
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The Spartans were the host of this key Blue Ridge District game.
But the Terriers came to play. Mayo Wilson pulls it outside and nails the
three to open the game.
Salem answered with a three when Herschel Thomas hits the jumper from the
corner to tie the game in the first half.
The Terriers led by three points SUPER=33-Salem/56/William
Byrd/54/;after one but Salem wins it 56 to 54. It's third win of the year
over Byrd. Both teams now tied at the top at 7-and-2.
Patrick Henry got revenge tonight. The Patriots turned away a William
Fleming Rally in the fourth quarter and held on to beat the Colonels 76 to 63.
Roy Stanley has this report.
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OUT Q=........news 7 sports.
((The rematch between the cross city rivals was important in the Roanoke Valley
District regular season race.
Patrick Henry controlled the first half Boo Battle hits the three pointer
at the buzzer for three of his 26 and the Patriots led 41 to 25 at the half.
The Patriots increased that lead to 22 early in the fourth quarter Ronnie
Kasey's three pointer made it 51 to 29 Patrick Henry.
The Colonels tightened the defense and cut into that lead. R.J. Reynolds
hit a deuce and a three and Fleming trailed 66 to 60 late in the fourth
But P-H would not fold in the fourth quarter of this game and the Patriots
beat the Colonels 76 to 63 Jack Esworthy getting his first win over the
((JACK ESWORTHY/PATRICK HENRY HEAD COACH: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
The William Fleming girls evened the slate with a dominating 52 to 26 win
over Patrick Henry.
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The Colonels came out and took the lead early in the game.
Tonia Brown drives straight to the hoop for the basket and a 17 to nothing
Lady Colonel lead.
The Lady Patriots finally got on the board late in the second quarter
Latasha Buchanan hits the jumper to make it 19 to 5 Fleming.
Fleming pulled away in the second SUPER=33-William Fleming/52/Patrick
Henry/26/;half and the Lady Colonels get the 52 to 26 win over the Lady
Patriots of Patrick Henry.
The Virginia Cavaliers swing back into the ACC action tomorrow afternoon
against Florida State.
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Virginia beat the Seminoles back on January 8th in Tallahassee, but the
Noles are coming off a big upset of Maryland.
You can catch tomorrow's game right here on your hometown station at Noon.
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IN Q="The big ...
((JEFF JONES/UVA HEAD COACH:))
((CURTIS STAPLES/UVA GUARD:))
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SUPER=01-Curtis Staples/UVa Guard; :30
OUT Q=...KEEP A ROLLING."
Still to come tonight, the Express loses two of its top players today,
and the Buffalo Bills lose their quarterback for the past 11 years, as Jim
The Roanoke Express got a big three to nothing road win tonight in Charlotte.
And even more impressive win when you consider that the team lost two of its
top players today - one to a trade and another to a promotion.
Ilya Dubkov, the franchise's all-time leading scorer, will spend the next 3
or 4 games with the Edmonton Oilers American league affiliate, the Hamilton
Bulldogs in the AHL.
Bobby Brown has simply been traded to the Baton Rouge Kingfish for a player
to be named later.
Brown had 23 points in 39 games.
Plenty of moving and shaking in the NFL today as well as a little crying as
quarterback Jim Kelly announced his retirement from the NFL after spending 11
seasons with the Bills.
IN Q="MOST OF MY...
((JIM KELLY/RETIRES FROM THE NFL:))
SUPER=01-Jim Kelly/Retires from The NFL; :00
OUT Q=...NFL CAREER."
While that announcement was taking place, Bill Parcells was telling the
Patriots he will not coach them next season.
IN Q="I hope...
((BILL PARCELLS/RESIGNS AS PATRIOTS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Parcells/Resigns as Patriots Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...HAVE BEEN HERE."
Chip Sullivan shot a even par round today at Pebble Beach to hit the turn at
3 under par.
The cut will be made tomorrow and he is great shape right now, even though he
is nine shots off the pace.
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This guy, Brad Bryant isn't in such good shape.
He tried to play out this mess on 18 today, but instead of finding the
fairway found the side of a cliff!
He had no choice but to hit the shot and try to get back on the fairway.
Instead, he hit this tree and ended up back in the rough.
To his credit, he still shot a 74 today.
It's the first time a film's made its way back to the big screen after being
on video and television.
The Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition hit theaters in full force tonight.
And even though it's been two decades...the force of Star Wars is still with
fans both old and new.
Jay Moore reports.
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In 19-77, Star Wars hit theaters, and science fiction, special- effects-
movies haven't been the same since.
The original trilogy made more than a billion dollars at the box office.
And the force looks strong this time around for theaters as hundreds of
people stood in line opening night anxiously awaiting tickets.
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((MIKE MCGEE: THEY ADDED TO THE STORY. THERE WAS NOTHING THEY DIDN'T TAKE
AWAY FROM ANYTHING AND ADDED SOME HUMOR TO THE FILM AS WELL.))
OUT Q=as well.
Retailers are also hoping to see a blast from the past since the three films
made more than three billion in merchandise the first time around.
IN Q=They've been incredibly
((TERRY STEVENS/PLUS COMICS: THEY'VE BEEN INCREDIBLY STRONG. THE ACTION
FIGURES HAVE BEEN THE HOTTEST SELLING ITEM. THEY VARY IN PRICES $5 UP TO $50
IN THE COLLECTOR'S MARKET.))
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IN Q=With the help
((JAY MOORE/REPORTING: WITH THE HELP OF TODAY'S STATE OF THE ART TECHNOLOGY,
GEORGE LUCAS, THE FATHER OF STAR WARS WAS ABLE TO FULFIL HIS VISION FOR THE
TRILOGY...THE FILMS HAVE DIGITALLY REMASTER SOUNDTRACKS, RESTORED PRINTS,
ENHANCED VISUAL EFFECTS AND A FEW NEW SURPRISES.))
OUT Q=few new surprises
A scene between Han Solo and Jabba the Hut was cut from the original
movie...but added to this special edition...
In all there are more than 300 new and restored scenes and effects in the
IN Q=I think the
((SETH LEE/STAR WARS FAN: I THINK THE NEW EDITION WILL ADD A LOT TO PEOPLE
WHO'VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE. ))
OUT Q=seen it before.
Over the next month and a half the two other films in the trilogy will be
"The Empire Strikes Back" opens in theaters February 21st and "Return of the
Jedi" follows on March 7...
And what's after that...
A new trilogy starting in 19-99.
Jay Moore, News 7.