No new trial for convicted killer Jens Soering- despite his claims that
prosecutors withheld evidence that might have cleared him.
That's the opinion of Bedford County circuit court judge William Sweeney,
who presided over Soering's trial in 19-90.
Soering says the jury should have been told about two drifters who murdered
a Roanoke man one week after Derek and Nancy Haysom were killed in 19-85.
The former U-V-A scholar says the fact that Bedford authorities questioned
the two men might have provided the jury with a reasonable doubt as to his
But Judge Sweeney ruled yesterday there was NO connection between the two
crimes, making the drifters story inadmissable at trial.
IN Q=We were comfortable
((DET. RICKY GARDNER/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: WE WERE COMFORTABLE WITH THE
INVESTIGATION LEADING UP TO JUNE OF '90 AND THE THREE WEEK TRIAL OF MR.
SOERING. AND WE FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH THE DECISION, NOT REALLY SURPRISED.))
SUPER=01-Ricky Gardner/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=not really surprised.
Soering's attorney Gail Marshall says she'll appeal Sweeney's ruling to the
Virginia Supreme Court.
A notorious moonshiner from Franklin County is no longer facing malicious
William Gray Stanley... who goes by "Dee"... had been accused of shooting
his son at the family's Franklin County home last February.
SCOTT Stanley spent two weeks in the intensive care unit after he was shot
in the stomach.
But during a preliminary hearing yesterday Scott Stanley told the court he
did not remember the events leading up to the incident.
He blamed his memory loss on excessive drug and alcohol use before the
shooting took place.
The judge threw out the charges immediately after that testimony.
Both Dee and Scott Stanley have been convicted numerous times for illegal
After a 126 day standoff, the siege at the Japanese Ambassador's residence
in Lima, Peru is finally over.
Peruvian troops stormed the building yesterday, rescuing all but one of
seventy-two hostages inside.
In addition to the one hostage who died, two soldiers and fourteen (Too-
Pahk) Tupac (Ah- ma- roo) Amaru rebels were killed during the assault.
In Japan, Prime Minister Hashimoto says it's regrettable Tokyo was not told
about the assault before it happened.
But he supports Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori's decision to send in
the troops, saying he'd have done the same thing if he'd been in that
A factory that helped sustain the Rockbridge County area for years is coming
back to life.
Seventy-five jobs could be created at the Old Blue Bird Bus factory.
Des-Champs (duh-shamps) labs is planning expansion into the Buena Vista
building- that offers more than 250 thousand square feet of manufacturing
Instead of picking up the entire two point 65 million dollars for the
property, Des-Champs (duh-shamps) will pay around one point 85 million dollars.
The rest will be shelled out by Rockbridge County, Lexington, and Buena
((WE'RE KIND OF BREAKING NEW GROUND, AS FAR AS AN AGREEMENT. AND IT WILL BE AN
AGREEMENT WHERE THERE WILL BE REVENUE SHARING ON REAL ESTATE AND PP TAX OVER
THE YEARS. ))
SUPER=01-Bobby Berkstresser/Rockbridge Co. Supervisor;
OUT Q=THE YEARS
The Blue Bird plant and 30 acres of land will go to Des-champs (duh-shamps)
That leaves 46 acres of prime land.
The three municipalities will share an industrial park on the site.
((THIS IS GOING TO GIVE US INSTANT INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY THAT ALREADY HAS WATER,
SEWER, GAS, AND SO NOT ONLY DOES IT LOOK LIKE IT'S A GOOD DEAL WORKING WITH
DOCTOR DES-CHAMPS, BUT IT GIVES US A QUICK POTENTIAL TO BRING OTHER INDUSTRIES
OUT Q=other industries in
Lexington and Rockbridge County still have to formally approve the deal.
Buena Vista City Council approved the agreement by a 4 to 3 vote, but the
agreement is being challenged.
Some council members say the city will lose out financially in the deal--
The issue will be taken up this Thursday at the City Council meeting.
Governor Allen was set to speak to a tobacco group earlier this week, but
bomb threats disrupted his schedule.
The dinner was held at Woodlawn Academy.
But the private school and Concerned Friends of Tobacco got several
threatening calls over the past week.
The caller was upset with Allen for signing the Confederate History
Allen withdrew when it became clear someone was intent on disrupting his
appearance... where ever it might have been.
IN Q=The main problem
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THE MAIN PROBLEM WAS ME. IT WAS NOT WOODLAWN ACADEMY.
Where ever you might have been?
YEAH, I DON'T THINK IT HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THAT, BECAUSE IN THE WAY THAT
THE CALLS WERE TO THE FOLKS OF THE TOBACCO, THE CONCERNED CITIZENS AND ALSO TO
OUT Q=to the school.
The governor was at the Roanoke city market- -part of his "Listening Tour"
of the Commonwealth.
Richmond Police are investigating the shooting deaths of two men and a woman
in a one-room apartment.
One of the dead, 38- year- old Paul (Nik- oh- lah- zhevic) Nikolajevic --
had been a longtime
resident of the Kensington Gardens apartments for the elderly and disabled.
Police say all three victims were shot in the head.
They would not reveal any information about the other two victims.
Relationships turned deadly have become a common occurrence in recent weeks.
It's too early to know if it's a growing trend, but it's the ugliest
evidence of the changing face of domestic violence in Virginia.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=Are they dead
SUPER=03-Roanoke/April 2; :06!
SUPER=01-Kristi Van Audenhove/VADV; :16
SUPER=03-Hillsville/April 3; :21
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
sot ortiz tape 97-5
((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.
END PAGE TWO HERE
((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.))
Valery Green has taken her fight to the state capital.
Through her attorney, the former Franklin County animal breeder is
petitioning the Virginia Court of Appeals.
Green lost her hundred plus dogs and cats to the Humane Society, after a
Franklin County judge ruled she neglected the animals.
She was also told she could no longer own any pets.
Green also faces assault charges in MONTGOMERY county.
She's accused of threatening to burn down a woman's home.
You may not get to eat dinner, but you can still make a reservation at La
Maison for Monday, May 12th.
That's the date the restaurant and everything in it- go up for auction.
The bidding starts at 10am.
La Maison went out of business last winter, after the man who was trying to
buy it could not complete the financing.
Tables, chairs, silverware, a grand piano- Everything will be sold to the
U-S officials are applauding the daring hostage rescue in Lima, Peru.
The 126 day hostage drama ended yesterday when Peruvian troops stormed the
Japanese ambassador's home in
with an umbrella of gunfire and explosives.
Seventy-one hostages were freed. Doug Stinson has the story.
SUPER=03-Lima, Peru/Yesterday; :00
SUPER=01-Doug Stinson/Reporting; :40
OUT Q=DOUG STINSON FOR CBS NEWS LIMA.
((FIRST A FLASH, THEN AN EXPLOSION.
AND IN LESS THAN HALF AN HOUR THE FOUR MONTH LONG SEIGE OF THE JAPANESE
AMBASSADOR'S RESIDENCE IN LIMA WAS OVER.
PERUVIAN TROOPS STORMED THE REBEL HELD BUILDING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE
AFTERNOON, UNDER A BLAZING HOT SUN.
THE TACTIC CAUGHT EVERYONE BY SURPRISE.
THE FIRST EXPLOSIONS ROCKED THE BUILDING.
THEN TROOPS COULD BE SEEN STORMING THE RESIDENCE, HOME TO MORE THAN A DOZEN
REBELS AND 72 HOSTAGES.
SMOKE BILLOWED FROM THE BUILDING AS SOLDIERS PULLED HOSTAGES TO SAFETY.
HELICOPTERS WHIRLING OVERHEAD.
THEN IT WAS OVER.
SOLDIERS CELEBRATED ON THE ROOF, SOME EVEN PULLING THE REBEL FLAG THAT'S FLOWN
ABOVE THE BUILDING SINCE LAST DECEMBER.
LATER, PERU'S PRESIDENT, ALBERTO FUJIMORI, GREETED THE HOSTAGES AS THEY LEFT
AND DURING A NEWS CONFERENCE LATER IN THE EVENING, FUJIMORI TOLD REPORTERS
THAT ONLY ONE HOSTAGE AND TWO SOLDIERS WERE KILLED IN THE OPERATION.
ALSO KILLED, ALL OF THE TUPAC AMARU REBELS.
DOUG STINSON FOR CBS NEWS LIMA.))
The Red River continues its surge through North Dakota toward Canada.
The floodwaters are expected to hit Manitoba tomorrow night.
SUPER=03-Grand Forks, ND;
Most of Grand Forks remains a flooded ghost town this morning.
Yesterday, President Clinton toured the area by helicopter and also visited
evacuees at an Air Force Base.
The President is promising nearly a half billion dollars to help flood
victims in what he called "the fight of their lives."
Opening statements are set to begin Thursday in the trial of Oklahoma City
bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh.
The jury was officially selected yesterday in Denver.
The jurors' names, backgrounds, attitudes and races are not
being disclosed. And the judge is using a bingo-style system of numbers to
shield their identities.
But sources close to the case say the jury consists of seven men
and five women, with an alternate panel of three men and three women.
It was NOT moonshining that brought Franklin County's William "Dee" Stanley
to court yesterday.
In February, Dee Stanley was charged with shooting his son Scott Stanley in
But the case was thrown out of court yesterday because of the son's
SCOTT Stanley said he had taken drugs and alcohol before he got shot... and
could not remember who pulled the trigger... or why.
IN Q=Defense and
((CLIFF HAPGOOD/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: DEFENSE AND PROSECUTION BOTH BELIEVE
THAT THERE WAS NO OTHER PERSON REALLY AT THE HOME. SO IT IS PRETTY DIFFICULT
WHEN THE VICTIM CAN NOT REMEMBER WHO SHOT HIM. ))
SUPER=01-Cliff Hapgood/Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=shot him
Dee Stanley did not need to present any evidence.
The judge dismissed the felony malicious wounding charges immediately
following Scott Stanley's testimony.
A former drug addict agreed to testify against the Abed family after
confessing to firebombing the CORNER STORE in Roanoke.
Twenty-eight- year-old Robert Wayne Chisholm Junior, pleaded guilty to
racketeering and conspiracy charges, and using a molotov cocktail to commit a
In return, the government dropped arson and drug charges.
Chisholm admitted he threw the firebomb into the Corner Store, but told
authorities Rod Abed, Omar Abed and (Oh-BAWDya Abed) Obadya Abed helped plan
and carry out the crime.
Chisholm faces 30 years to life in prison, but is hoping for leniency in
exchange for his testimony.
((TOM BONDURANT/PROSECUTOR: UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS THE JUDGE CAN GO UNDER
THAT IF HE RENDERS WHAT IS CALLED, A PROCEDURE THAT'S CALLED A MOTION FOR
SUBSTANTIAL ASSISTANCE, WHICH MEANS HE TESTIFIES HONESTLY AND TRUTHFULLY IN THE
CASE WHEN IT COMES TO TRIAL. ))
OUT Q= comes to trial.
Chisholm's case was heard in Abingdon, where he's being held for safety
Chisholm got to know the Abeds during a three-month period in which he
frequented one of their restaurants.
It's expected authorities will use his testimony to help prove the
restaurant was a front for the family's alleged narcotics trade.
For now, convicted murderer Jens Soering will stay behind bars and get no
A Bedford County judge rejected Soering's request for a new trial in the
murders of Derek and Nancy Haysom.
Soering had claimed prosecutors withheld evidence about other suspects that
might have cleared him.
But judge William Sweeney ruled there was NO proof two men who killed a
Roanoke drifter could also have murdered the Haysoms a week earlier.
And without that connection, the story would not have been admissible at
IN Q=Back then we
((DET. RICKY GARDNER/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: BACK THEN WE DID LOOK AT
THESE GUYS AND THEY WERE ELIMINATED AS SUSPECTS. A LARGE PORTION OF CRIMINAL
INVESTIGATION IS NOT ONLY FINDING OUT WHO THE GUILTY PERSON IS, BUT GOING
THROUGH AN ELIMINATION PROCESS ALSO.))
SUPER=01-Ricky Gardner/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=elimination process also.
Gardner says as far as he's concerned, the guilty people are in jail.
Soering is serving two life terms for the murders.
His girlfriend Elizabeth Haysom received a 90-year sentence.
Soering's attorney Gail Marshall told News-7 she will appeal Sweeney's
ruling to the Virginia Supreme Court.
The controversy surrounding Governor Allen's declaration of April as
Confederate History and Heritage Month is getting more serious as bomb threats
led Allen to cancel a speaking engagement.
The governor had planned to address the annual meeting of the Concerned
Friends for Tobacco.
The dinner meeting was to be held at Woodlawn Academy, but then the school
got a call threatening the students.
IN Q=It just
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IT JUST WAS'T WORTH RISKING THEIR LIVES AND THEIR SAFETY
FOR THIS. AND IT'S OBVIOUSLY A VERY SAD DAY FOR VIRGINIA, BUT THAT THAT SORT OF
INTOLERANT HATEFUL BEHAVIOR WOULD OCCUR. I WOULDN'T WANT TO SEE A REPEAT OF
WHAT HAPPENED AS COUPLE OF YEARS AGO WHERE SUCH HATEFUL ACTS ENDED UP IN
OBVIOUSLY GREAT LOSS OF LIFE. ))
OUT Q=loss of life.
The Governor was referring to the Oklahoma City bombing.
Allen has said he did not mean to offend anyone by signing the Confederate
History Month proclamation.
Another strike in the auto industry.
United auto workers at General Motors' Pontiac East plant near Detroit
walked off the job just before midnight.
That brings to three the number of strikes threatening some of the most
popular G-M and Chrysler model trucks and cars.
G-M's Chevrolet Malibu and Oldsmobile Cutlass plant in Oklahoma
City has been shut down since April 4th in a dispute over staffing levels.
And a strike at a Chrysler engine plant in Detroit has idled some
23-thousand Chrysler workers.
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire
Tobacco companies are expected to lean heavily on smokers for the big dollar
payments the industry will face to settle health claims.
Securities analysts say cigarette prices could climb 40 cents to 50 cents a
A 50-cent increase would boost prices to an average two dollars and 30 cents
But a price hike likely will hurt sales.
The industry is pushing for immunity from health claims in return for
creating a fund to compensate sick smokers.
The cost could be up to 300 billion dollars.
A former Air Force Academy superintendent stressed the honor of Virginia
Military Institute as he urged cadets to accept women into their ranks.
Lieutenant General Winfield Scott spoke to V-M-I cadets and faculty, as the
school wrapped up a series of meetings on the assimilation of women.
Scott said he is convinced that V-M-I will be better off for having
IN Q=If they will step back
((LT. GEN. WINFIELD SCOTT/USAF RETIRED: IF THEY WILL STEP BACK AND REALLY TAKE
A CAREFUL LOOK AT IT, THEY'LL KNOW THAT IT'S IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF VMI THAT
THEY INTEGRATE ONE, AND TWO THAT THEY DO IT RIGHT.))
SUPER=01-Winfield Scott/USAF Retired;
OUT Q=that they do it right.
V- M- I is expecting between 25 to 30 women to join the corps of cadets at
the start of the next school year.
GRAPHIC=Mill Mountain Zoo
Roanoke's Mill Mountain Zoo is getting a new look----
Ruby the Tiger does not seem to notice the difference- but you probably will.
Terra-cotta tiles are being installed throughout the zoo inscribed with the
names of supporters.
Businesses and individuals can purchase the tiles, which start at one-hundred
IN Q=It's not only
((BETH POFF/ZOO DIRECTOR: IT'S NOT ONLY A NEW RECOGNITION PROGRAM FOR THE ZOO,
BUT IT'S VISIBILITY AND RECOGNITION FOR THOSE WHO INVEST AND CARE ABOUT THE ZOO
SO THAT PEOPLE WHO VISIT THE ZOO WILL KNOW WHO'S INVESTING IN THEIR ZOO AND
SUPER=01-Beth Poff/Zoo Director
OUT Q=their community.
Equitable Life Assurance Society unveiled its 25-thousand dollar tile
yesterday... it's the zoo's partner in this program.
The Zoo hopes to raise 300 thousand dollars with the program, to help improve
and maintain the facility.
In a game preceded by Roberto Alomar shaking hands with umpire John
Hirschbeck, the Baltimore Orioles nipped Minnesota 3-to-2.
For last night's scores from the diamond, let's check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0091-j/Minnesota/5//Oakland/3//Canseco & McGwire
SUPER=0092-j/Houston/12//San Diego/3///j/St. Louis/6//Los Angeles/4///;
OUT Q=....last score."