On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight:
We'll tell you why the trial judge says convicted killer Jens Soering
doesn't deserve a NEW trial.
And take an in-depth look at domestic murder-suicide... does it just seem
to be on the rise?
Tonight in sports, we'll take an inside look into the Legend's racing series.
The Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic will have a new look for its
celebrity pro-am tomorrow.
And Fuzzy Zoeller explains the comments he made concerning Fuzzy Zoeller,
saying they were not racially motivated.
Heavy rain is possible later tonight and early tomorrow. A look at the wet
forecast just ahead.
The Bedford County judge who presided over Jens Soering's murder trial in
1990 has decided the convicted killer does NOT deserve a new one.
Soering is serving two life terms for murdering his girlfriend's parents,
Derek and Nancy Haysom, in 1985.
The former U-V-A scholar claims two drifters who killed a Roanoke man the
same week also could have murdered the Haysoms.
Soering says if that information came out at his trial, the jury might not
have convicted him.
But in a 13- page ruling, judge William Sweeney says there was "no" evidence
to link the two crimes, making the drifters story inadmissable at trial.
The case's chief investigator says the jury got it right.
IN Q=Elizabeth she's
((DET. RICKY GARDNER/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: ELIZABETH, SHE'S SERVING TIME
FOR HER PART IN THE MURDERS OF HER PARENTS, AND JENS, THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT
IT. I'VE NEVER THOUGHT ANYTHING ELSE SINCE WE GOT BACK FROM ENGLAND. WHEN WE
FIRST TALKED WITH ELIZABETH AND JENS, I WAS SATISFIED WITH THEIR STATEMENTS
THEN AS I AM TODAY.))
SUPER=01-Det. Ricky Gardner/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=as I am today.
Soering's attorney Gail Marshall says she'll appeal Sweeney's ruling to the
Virginia Supreme Court.
An associate of the Abed family in Roanoke has struck a deal with the
The government dismissed arson and drug charges against 28 year- old Robert
Wayne Chisholm, Junior.
In exchange, Chisholm pled guilty today to racketeering, conspiracy
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and using a molotov cocktail to firebomb the Corner Store.
Chisholm faces 30 years to life in prison, but could get a lighter sentence
if he keeps his promise to testify against the Abeds.
Chisholm's case was heard in Abingdon, where the government is holding him
for his own safety.
IN Q=We're very
((DAVID SCYPHERS/CHISHOLM'S LAWYER: WE'RE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT COULD
HAPPEN WITH HIM OR TO HIM. HE'S TAKEN SOME RISK BY DOING WHAT HE'S DONE, BUT HE
FELT THAT THAT WAS APPROPRIATE FOR HIM TO STEP FORWARD AT THIS TIME. ))
SUPER=01-David Scyphers/Chisholm's Lawyer;
OUT Q=at this time.
Chisholm told authorities Rod, Omar and Obadya Abed helped carry out the
Corner Store fire before taking Chisholm home.
He says when he raised concerns later that night about a possible witness,
they told him there were no more witnesses.
Chisholm learned the next day that two people were killed when their
apartment- -next to the Corner Store- -burned in a SEPARATE firebombing.
Chisholm, a former cocaine addict, got to know the Abeds over a three- month
period when he visited one of their restaurants. The government claims the
restaurant was a front for narcotics.
Franklin County authorities thought they'd finally be able to put away
William Gray Stanley.
The notorious Franklin County moonshiner... who goes by the nickname
"Dee"... had been accused of shooting his son in the stomach a few months back.
But attorneys were UNable to make the charges stick.
Stanley didn't need to present any evidence at a hearing this morning.
In fact the only testimony came from the victim, SCOTT Stanley... who said
he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol before the incident... and
couldn't even remember being shot.
IN Q=It's always
((CLIFF HAPGOOD/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: IT'S ALWAYS VERY DIFFICULT TO GET ONE
FAMILY MEMBER TO TESTIFY AGAINST ANOTHER FAMILY MEMBER AND THIS CASE IS NO
SUPER=01-Cliff Hapgood/Commonwealth's Atty.;
OUT Q=no exception
Hapgood said he was not surprised by the judge's decision to throw out the
He believed the case hinged on Scott Stanley's testimony.
We've shown you graphic video in recent weeks of domestic violence
escalating to murder, sometimes suicide.
Men who just couldn't let go, killing wives and girlfriends... in one
instance, right in front of police officers.
Is it a growing trend, or coincidental tragedy in Virginia?
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=Are they dead
SUPER=03-Roanoke/April 2; :06!
SUPER=01-Kristi Van Audenhove/Virginians Against Domestic Violence; :16
SUPER=03-Hillsville/April 3; :21
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
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((ORTIZ: ARE THEY DEAD MAN? I'M ASKING YOU ARE THEY DEAD? bystander: I
In a frightening series of recent crimes in southwest Virginia, they have
Wives, girlfriends, children, mothers.
It mirrors what hotline workers are hearing.
((KRISTI VAN AUDENHOVE/VIRGINIANS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: THE THINGS THAT
WOMEN ARE EXPERIENCING ARE MUCH MORE HIDEOUS TO LISTEN TO.))
A statewide hotline's been getting 2000 calls a month -- double what it got
before the OJ Simpson case -- and on top of what 43 local hotlines get.
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But the homicide numbers Virginia keeps show very little's changed in the
last five years.
Homicides involving a spouse or boy or girlfriend were 12-point-4 percent of
all Virginia murders in 1991.
They're up only slightly as a percentage.
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Homicides of other family members are about equal as a percentage of overall
murders in the same five year snapshot.
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((KRISTI VAN AUDENHOVE/VIRGINIANS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: I THINK WE'VE
DONE A GOOD JOB IN EDUCATING THE POTENTIAL VICTIMS.))
((KRISTI VAN AUDENHOVE/VIRGINIANS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: WHAT WE HAVEN'T
MADE A DENT IN IS THE NUMBER OF MEN WHO FEEL ENTITLED TO ENGAGE IN THIS
BEHAVIOR OR IN THE LEVEL OF VIOLENCE THAT THEY'RE GOING TO PERPETRATE.))
These are men with incredible jealousies, who can't live without the woman
they feel they own.
((KRISTI VAN AUDENHOVE/VIRGINIANS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: AND THEY OFTEN
HAVE VERY STRONG FEELINGS THAT SHE'S NOT GOING TO LIVE WITHOUT THEM EITHER.))
There is some good news among the body bags.
((KRISTI VAN AUDENHOVE/VIRGINIANS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: VIRGINIA HAS
PASSED SOME OF THE-- I THINK WHAT IS THE LEADING EDGE LEGISLATION IN THE
Those laws take effect July first.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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When News 7 at 6 returns, a former animal breeder vows not to give up her
fight against cruelty charges,
and a bomb threat forces Governor Allen to change his plans.
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A bomb threat forced the governor to cancel an appearance last night in
George Allen had been scheduled to address Concerned Friends for Tobacco.
The group had rented the gym at Woodlawn Academy for its annual meeting.
The private school and the tobacco group received several threatening calls
over the past week.
The caller was upset with Allen for signing the Confederate History
The Governor says it was the school that asked him to cancel his
IN Q=Because there had
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: BECAUSE THERE HAD BEEN A SWEEP OF THE AREA. THE DOGS WERE
AT THE SCHOOL, SO FORTH AND SO ON. AND THE INDICATION WAS, "ALRIGHT, WELL, YOU
MIGHT NOT GET THE PROBLEM TONIGHT, BUT WE'LL GET YOU SOME TIME IN THE FUTURE."
Sort of a retaliatory, after the fact...
RIGHT THEY SAID, "YOU'RE STILL GOING FORWARD, YOU'RE STILL GOING FORWARD WITH
OUT Q=forward with this.
The governor spoke with reporters in Roanoke.
He was on the city market- -part of his Motor Home Listening Tour of the
The court battle between former animal breeder Valery Green and the Franklin
County Humane Society is apparently NOT over.
Green is now petitioning the Virginia Court of Appeals.
Last month, a judge ruled she had neglected more than 100 dogs and cats. He
gave the humane society custody of the animals.
Green's attorney says there is no evidence to support the claim that more
than 20 animals were mistreated.
He also feels she might have been a victim of double jeopardy, because the
same evidence was used for both the civil and criminal trials.
A footnote to our story on Shooters-44, the store-front business where you
can watch a woman model lingerie for 100-dollars an hour.
We'd hoped to tell you more about the place police say is a front for
IN Q=Are you
((KEITH HUMPHRY/NEWS-7: ARE YOU MR. McNEFF? CHARLES McNEFF/SHOOTERS 44
PRESIDENT: YES, I AM. WOULD YOU PLEASE TAKE THE CAMERA OUT FOR RIGHT NOW?
WE'LL BE MORE THAN GLAD TO SET UP AN INTERVIEW WITH YOU TOMORROW. HOW'S THAT?
SUPER=10-Charles McNeff/Shooters 44 President/Yesterday
OUT Q=fair enough.
McNeff invited me to stay, but the cameraman left.
McNeff agreed to do an interview this morning, but changed his mind after
seeing our story last night. We had gotten a glimpse inside the business
yesterday, including one of the "LIVE lingerie models."
McNeff had made a point of saying that we were free to report everything he
told me OFF camera. He even offered to take a polygraph test to back up his
assertion that there's no physical contact allowed between customers and the
Central Virginia Democrats have a candidate for the 22nd District House of
Delegates race this fall.
Real estate broker Kaye Sweeney Lipscomb says she will seek the party's
nomination to replace Republican Joyce Crouch in Richmond.
While she's running as a Democrat, Lipscomb calls herself a conservative
thinker, who wants to continue the kind of service Crouch and her husband have
IN Q=She's one of
((KAYE SWEENEY LIPSCOMB/HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: SHE'S ONE OF THE BIG
MOTIVATORS AS TO WHY I'M DOING THIS. I WOULD LIKE VERY MUCH TO SEE THE QUALITY
OF WORK THAT THEY HAVE COMMITTED THEMSELVES TO WHEN THEY WENT TO RICHMOND
CARRIED THROUGH. AND THAT'S WHY I CONSIDERED DOING IT.))
SUPER=01-Kaye Sweeney Lipscomb/House of Delegates Candidate; :00
OUT Q=considered doing it.
Republicans are urging Lynchburg optometrist Gary St. Clair to seek the GOP
Mike Stovall is getting a jump on the competition.
The Roanoke County School Board chairman announced his candidacy for
Stovall says if he's re-elected, one of his main focuses will be implementing
the capital improvements of the blue ribbon commission.
IN Q=WE'RE GOING
((MIKE STOVALL/BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: WE'RE GOING TO GO TO THE CITIZENS, AND
SAY THIS IS WHAT WE NEED TO BUILD, AND WITH THIS BEING WHAT WE NEED TO BUILD,
THEN FROM THERE, WE'LL GET THE FUNDING. ))
SUPER=01-Michael Stovall/Board Chairman;
OUT Q=THE CITY
No one else has declared candidacy for Stovall's office-- the deadline for
applications is June 10.
A drop in interest rates today gave the stock market its second highest
The DOW soared over 173 points to close at 68-hundred-34.
NASDAQ gained a more modest nine points.
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A former superintendent of the Air Force Academy says he's convinced that
women will improve the V- M- I experience.
Today, he argued that male cadets can honor the school's most important
traditions by accepting women into their ranks.
Lt. General Winfield Scott was the final speaker for a series of mandatory
meetings preparing cadets for the integration of women at the Lexington School.
He said the arrival of women at the Air Force Academy was a positive change.
And Scott predicted that the admission of women will not alter the basic
values of V- M- I.
((LT. GEN. WINFIELD SCOTT/USAF RETIRED: INTEGRITY, HONESTY, COURAGE, COMMITMENT
TO EXCELLENCE, THOSE THINGS ARE WHAT'S MADE THIS SCHOOL GREAT AND THEY REMAIN
AND EVEN WILL BE STRENGTHENED.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Gen. Winfield Scott/USAF Retired;
OUT Q=will be strengthened.
VMI officials hope to add 25 to 30 women to the corps of cadets when the
next school year begins in August.
GRAPHIC=Mill Mountain Zoo
Next time you visit the Mill Mountain Zoo, it might not be only the animals
you're there to see.
There could be a permanent message just for you.
Zoo directors kicked off the start of their "Help the Zoo Reach New Heights"
The program centers around the sale of terra-cotta tiles zoo supporters can
buy and inscribe with a message or name.
The tiles will then be on permanent display at the zoo, and proceeds will
help improve and maintain zoo property.
IN Q=We want to
((BETH POFF/ZOO DIRECTOR: WE WANT TO CONTINUE THIS WHOLE DONOR-ART TILE PROGRAM
FOR ABOUT TWO YEARS AND WE'RE HOPING TO BUILD A FOUNDATION BASE OVER THE NEXT
TWO YEARS OF ABOUT THREE- HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.))
SUPER=01-Beth Poff/Zoo Director
OUT Q=three-hundred thousand dollars.
Zoo directors say the program is for individuals and businesses- -Equitable
Life Assurance Society's 25-thousand dollar tile was revealed today.
Prices for smaller tiles start at one-hundred dollars.
Coming up tonight in sports, Fuzzy explains the comments he made about Tiger
Woods, the GGO pro-Am undergoes a change tomorrow, Liberty has a new athletic
and I'll give you an inside look at the operation that makes these Legends
series cars that are built so the average race can buy them and then race them.
Let's begin tonight on the PGA tour with news concerning the comments made by
PGA golfer Fuzzy Zoeller concerning Tiger Woods.
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During the 1997 Masters, Zoeller made a racially charged remark about the
newly crowned champ on tape for the CNN Program, "Pro Golf Weekly."
Zoeller told the reporter to congratulate Tiger and tell him not to serve
fried chicken next year at the championship dinner, where the winner picks the
Fuzzy is in Greensboro this week for the GGO, and he had this to say today
about his comments.
IN Q="I meant it as...
((FUZZY ZOELLER/PGA TOURING PRO:))
SUPER=01-Fuzzy Zoeller/PGA Touring Pro; :00
OUT Q=...I respect that."
No comment at this time from Tiger, who is skipping this week's event in
Fuzzy is scheduled to play in tomorrow's pro-am at the Forest Oaks Country
Club, but it won;t be the same Pro-Am fans have been used to for many years.
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The Greensboro Jaycees, who run the tournament, say they decided to stop
inviting the celebrity stars this year because their appearance fees had become
outrageous, and the true big names no longer wanted to come to the event.
There will still be a pro-am tomorrow, and the 72 hole tournament itself
opens on Thursday with, Chip Sullivan among others in the hunt.
IN Q="You can expect...
((CHIP SULLIVAN/PGA TOURING PRO:))
SUPER=01-Chip Sullivan/PGA Touring Pro; :00
OUT Q=...IN THE FAIRWAY."
When Tiger Woods won the Masters in record setting fashion earlier this month
the victory sparked an epidemic of "Tigeritis" across the country, and folks
who had never even considered playing golf gave the game a try.
Jeff Gordon's success in NASCAR racing has had the same effect on a lot of
fans. But buying a set of Taylor Made irons is a lot of cheaper than buying a
But when there's a will there's a way.
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SUPER=01-John Moose/Legends Organizer; :30
OUT Q...this summer."
(( Welcome to Concord, North Carolina the home of 600 racing, a company owned
by the Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is the exclusive builder of cars for the
fast growing Legend's racing series that was started in 1992.
That year the company built 48 cars and ran 56 races around the south. This
year 600 racing is constructing 1700 cars and running nearly 1000 races.
((JOHN MOOSE/LEGEND'S RACING ORGANIZER:))
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The company builds the 5/8 ths scale cars from the frame up duplicating the
body styles of the old 1937 Chevy, Ford and Dodge.
The Engines 125 horsepower Yamaha motorcycle engines, and the cars race on
Goodrich tires that last an entire season.
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The cars are relatively inexpensive when compared to other forms of race
cars. You can by one of these Legend's machines race-ready for $13,000
dollars. And everyone from Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones to possibly your own
lawyer is doing just that.
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The series has raced at New River valley Speedway in the past, but not this
year. Right now, none of the area tracks are hosting the series although
Victory stadium Speedway hopes to do so, later this summer.))
Liberty University announced this afternoon that Kim Graham is has been
promoted to the position of athletic director.
He has been the school's assistant athletic director for the past seven
years, and he was an assistant football coach from 1978 through 1988.
IN Q="i APPRECIATE...
((KIM GRAHAM/NEW LIBERTY UNIVERSITY A.D.:))
SUPER=01-Kim Graham/New Liberty University A.D. ; :
OUT Q=...THE JOB DONE."
He replaces Chuck Burch, who has taken a similar post at his alma mater,
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