It's the jury's turn in the Oklahoma City bombing trial.
And a high-profile physician gets the boot from Carilion.
Cloudy, but mild as we head into the weekend--
But southerly winds will boost temperatures into the lower 70s.
The complete weekend outlook is coming up.
News 7 at Noon is next.
Just five weeks after opening statements, the Oklahoma City bombing trial is
in the hands of the jury.
The seven men and five women began deliberating the fate of Timothy McVeigh
less than 30 minutes ago.
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Even though the trial is in Denver, the impact of the verdict will perhaps
be felt the most in Oklahoma City.
Hundreds of people still flock to
the fence that now stands around the bomb site.
Many of the survivors-- as well as relatives and friends of the victims--
say that no matter what the verdict is, they will still come to the fence
because that's where it began and that's where it should end.
Dave Fehling joins us with more on the trial from Denver.
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THE LAWYERS WHO --ON BOTH SIDES--HAVE SPENT MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON
THE MC-VEIGH CASE NOW MUST WAIT TO SEE WHAT 12 JURORS THINK.
THIS MORNING, JUDGE RICHARD MATSCH FACED THE JURY, EXPLAINING THE
LAW AND HOW IT APPLIES TO THE MAN ACCUSED OF BEING AMERICA'S MOST DEADLY
YESTERDAY, BOTH SIDES GAVE THEIR FINAL AND MOST PERSUASIVE
THE GOVERNMENT PROSECUTOR, POINTING AT MCVEIGH, SAID "THAT
FRESH-FACED YOUNG MAN OVER THERE IS A MASS MURDERER."
HE SAID THE PROOF WAS IN THE EVIDENCE, NOT THE EMOTION.
PROSECUTORS POINTED TO MCVEIGH'S HANDWRITING ON THE FORM TO RENT
THE RYDER TRUCK, HIS ARREST OUTSIDE OKLAHOMA CITY, THE BOMB RESIDUE ON HIS
IF MCVEIGH WASN'T THE BOMBER, THE PROSECUTOR SAID, HE WAS THE
UNLUCKIEST MAN IN THE WORLD.
THE DEFENSE COUNTERED THAT KEY PROSECUTION WITNESSES--MCVEIGHS
FRIENDS THE FORTIERS---WERE LYING, THAT THE F-B-I LAB COULDN'T BE TRUSTED,
AND THAT THE REAL BOMBER WAS BLOWN UP IN THE BLAST...AN EXTRA LEG IN THE
MORGUE PROVED IT, MCVEIGH'S LAWYER SAID.
BUT THE DEFENSE FAILED TO PROVIDE JURORS WITH AN EXPLANATION FOR
WHY MCVEIGH WAS CAUGHT ON A SECURITY CAMERA NEAR THE TRUCK RENTAL BUSINESS AND
WHY HE WAS DRIVING NORTH OUT OF OKLAHOMA CITY A LITTLE OVER AN HOUR AFTER THE
(STDUP)S/DAVE FEHLING, CBS NEWS DENVER
"JURORS WILL WEIGH THE EVIDENCE KNOWING THAT IF THEY FIND MCVEIGH GUILTY,
THEIR NEXT DECISION WILL BE WHETHER MCVEIGH SHOULD BE EXECUTED. BY LAW, BOTH
DECISIONS HAVE TO BE UNANIMOUS. DF CBS NEWS DENVER."))
The jury has reached a verdict in the case that spawned Megan's Law.
Jesse Timmendequas (tih-MEHN'-deh-kwas) is accused of raping and strangling
seven- year- old Megan Kanka in 19-94.
Timmendequas -- a twice
convicted sex offender -- could face the death penalty if convicted.
The verdict will be read shortly.
We'll have the latest as soon as it becomes available.
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Yesterday, a Montgomery County jury found Michael Knowles guilty of killing
his wife and attempting to kill a police officer.
The jury recommended a sentence of life PLUS 83- years.
Knowles showed no emotion as the verdicts were read.
But his daughter and son embraced and said they were thankful the case was
IN Q=It's been a long
((JOHN MICHAEL KNOWLES/KNOWLES' SON: IT'S BEEN A LONG ARDUOUS PROCESS, BUT I
THINK IT'S MADE US REALIZE WHAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO US AND IT'S MADE US
REALIZE THAT TOGETHER WE CAN GET THROUGH ANYTHING. AND IT IS IN A SENSE A
CLOSURE. I THINK IT'S SOMETHING WE ALL NEEDED, TO BE ABLE TO GO ON.))
((VANESSA KNOWLES/KNOWLES' DAUGHTER: JUST START A NEW LIFE AND GO ON THE WAY
OUR MOM WANTED US TO IN THE FIRST PLACE, BECAUSE NOW SHE CAN REST AND WE CAN
OUT Q=we can rest, too.
The verdicts brought two more motions for a mistrial, but judge Ray Grubbs
denied the defense request.
That means Michael Knowles will return to the courthouse in July for formal
A jury has found Jesse Timmendequas guilty of killing seven- year- old Megan
Los Angeles prosecutors will not seek the death penalty in the Ennis Cosby
Prosecutor Anne Ingalls made that announcement this morning during a hearing
in Los Angeles.
Ukrainian immigrant Mikail Markasev was arrested in March, two months after
27- year- old Ennis Cosby was shot to death near a Los Angeles freeway.
A sentencing hearing is under way for another Army drill sergeant convicted
of sexual misconduct.
Yesterday a military jury found staff sergeant Vernell Robinson guilty of
having sex with five female trainees at the Aberdeen proving ground.
Meantime, the nation's first female bomber pilot is a civilian.
Kelly Flinn was discharged from the Air Force yesterday.
She agreed to a general discharge rather than face a court-martial.
The American embassy has shut down in the west African nation of Sierra
Leone as fighting from a weekend coup intensifies.
U-S citizens are being urged to leave.
Britons, Americans and other foreigners arrived in London early this
Meantime, some Americans are being transported by military helicopters to a
Last night the rebels who overthrew the government of Sierra Leone ordered
all the borders closed and banned foreign aircrafts from entering the country's
The Carilion Health System has fired a high- profile physician.
Its only comment on the dismissal of Doctor Kenneth LeGree Hallman is that
it's a personnel issue, and that no patient was ever endangered by him.
Five years ago Hallman led an effort to provide basic health care to an
unserved minority community in Roanoke, with the opening of the Northwest
At times, personal problems diverted his attention from the practice.
In 19-93 he was treated for drug and alcohol abuse, and three years ago he
plead no contest to charges of fraudulently obtaining sleeping pills.
Hallman was not available for comment.
A secret deal is being negotiated between representatives from 30 states the
But some question remains over whether Virginia is part of it.
Former Congressman and Lieutenant Governor candidate L-F Payne wants the
state at the table.
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((L.F. PAYNE/D-CANDIDATE FOR LT. GOVERNOR: I'M NOT BEING CRITICAL OF THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL. I JUST THINK AT THIS TIME, GIVEN WHAT I'M HEARING AND THE
SPEED WITH WHICH THESE NEGOTIATIONS SEEM TO BE PROGRESSING, IT'S TIME THAT
VIRGINIA WAS REPRESENTED AT THE TABLE AS THESE CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD.))
OUT Q=move forward.
Payne says he does NOT think Virginia should join the health lawsuits
against the tobacco companies.
But he says tobacco farmers tell him they want to be part of the talks.
Governor George Allen says there IS someone speaking for Virginia.
IN Q=I'm not
((I'M NOT SAYING THAT PHILIP MORRIS'S INTERESTS AND THE INTERESTS OF VIRGINIA
ARE ENTIRELY PARALLEL, BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF INTERESTS THAT ARE VERY SIMILAR
AND VIRGINIA'S POSITION LEGALLY IS CONSISTENT WITH PHILIP MORRIS AND TOBACCO
FARMERS WHO SAY WE OUGHT TO SOMEHOW GET AT THE TABLE. BUT WE'LL HAVE TO SEE
WHAT THEY COME UP WITH. BUT OUR POSITIONS AND VIRGINIANS IS PRETTY WELL
OUT Q=well known.
Attorney General Jim Gilmore apparently has NOT briefed the Governor.
Gilmore says through a letter to Payne that "for weeks now, non-suing states
HAVE had representation at the negotiations."
He declined to provide details.
Loudon County's school superintendent is telling principals across the state
to beware of politicians on the campaign trail.
Edgar Hatrick says he felt Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer went too far last
week when he asked seniors in a government class for their votes this November.
Beyer was in Lynchburg yesterday, speaking to another government class, this
one at E.C. Glass High School.
He did NOT ask for their votes... instead he only urged them to REGISTER and
Beyer also asked the seniors to consider a career in teaching... he says the
quality of Virginia's schools depends on its educators.
IN Q=I'm also finding
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: I'M ALSO FINDING THAT THERE'S A REAL HUNGER FOR
COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION REFORM, TO MAKING OUR SCHOOLS THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY.
THE ECONOMY'S CHANGING AT LIGHTNING SPEED AND I THINK MOST OF US UNDERSTAND
THAT THE ONLY WAY WE CAN THRIVE IS TO GET A REALLY GOOD EDUCATION.))
OUT Q=really good education.
Beyer fielded a number of questions from the students on the new standards
of learning and state funding of education.
He told the college- bound seniors he supports extending Virginia's tuition
freeze for another two years.
Students from Crystal Spring Elementary combined brains and brawn.
They're testing a science project they hope will stack-up against
The wooden base weighs only 35 grams but is able to support six-hundred 65
The youngsters will present the structure as part of the Odyssey of the Mind
science competition next week.
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IN Q=Everything you see
((MICHELE MCLEOD/CRYSTAL SPRING ELEM. TEACHER: EVERYTHING YOU SEE IS THE
BRAINCHILD OF THE CHILDREN. THEY'VE MADE EVERYTHING, DONE EVERY PART OF
PAINTING. THEY'VE WRITTEN THE SCRIPT AND PUT TOGETHER THE ENTIRE PRESENTATION
SUPER=01-Michele McLeod/Crystal Spring Elem. Teacher
OUT Q=presentation you see
Next the students will head-off to the University of Maryland for the world
Tomatoes, as well as other vegetables, have suffered through a cooler than
normal spring, and many folks are wondering what they can do to help their
Patrick Evans has this week's installment of Growin' It, with some great
advice for the tomato grower.
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SUPER=01-Al Rodeck/Former Master Gardener; :21
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Small business incubators can help companies in need.
They're growing in popularity across Virginia- giving businesses low cost
leases and shared services.
Len Besthoff updates us on progress at the Roanoke Valley's incubator, which
has been up and running for nearly a year.
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SUPER=01-Lisa Ison/New Century Venture Center; :07 (VERY QUICK!!)
SUPER=01-Rick Pingry/Digital Allusions; :28
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(( It has been a busy time for the Roanoke Valley's small business incubator,
known as the New Century Venture Center.
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((LISA ISON/NEW CENTURY VENTURE CENTER: WE HAVE FIVE NEW TENANTS THAT HAVE
MOVED IN, OR ARE IN THE PROCESS OF MOVING IN, WITHIN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. ))
OUT Q=two weeks.
The groups relocating range from public/private ones like The New Century
Council, to up and coming businesses like Digital Allusions.
Nat Sot from Demo Tape
IN Q=With Digital
((RICK PINGRY/DIGITAL ALLUSIONS: WITH DIGITAL ILLUSIONS, I MAKE 3-D
ANIMATIONS, VIDEO POST PRODUCTION, SPECIAL EFFECTS, MULTIMEDIA, AS WELL AS WHAT
I'M REALLY EVENTUALLY WANTING TO GET INTO IS DOING SOME INTERACTIVE C-D ROM
OUT Q=CD ROM production.
The New Century Venture Center will soon have 10 occupants, taking up about
a third of its space.
It was hoping HALF the space would be in use by its one year anniversary.
But like the new businesses moving in, the New Century Venture Center has a
lot to learn, like the fact that many of these startups just don't need a lot
of room right off the bat.
((ISON: WE'RE REAL HAPPY. THAT JUST SHOWS THAT WE CAN HELP A LOT MORE
COMPANIES AT THE SAME TIME.))
OUT Q=same time.
IN Q=And the
((And the next few months could be busy ones as well here at the New Century
Venture Center, because right now it's in the process of talking to two- to-
three new prospects, one of them being a high tech company. Len Besthoff,
OUT Q=LB, News-7.))
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An estimated 15-thousand fans turned out to welcome the Utah Jazz back from
the Western Conference win in Houston last night.
SUPER=03-Houston, TX/NBC; :00
Clyde Drexler takes it down the lane with the flying jam as the Rockets take
the early advantage.
The Jazz would answer with a three pointer from Bryon Russell.
The Rockets appeared to have the game in hand until late in the fourth when
the Jazz came back and capped the victory with John Stockton's 3 pointer
SUPER=32-Utah/103/Houston/100/Jazz Wins 4-to-2;
at the buzzer.
The Jazz wins the West 4 games to 2 with the 103-to-100 win.
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Glenvar, Grayson County, John Battle and Bath County braved the elements in
the Region C semi-finals last night.
Steve Mason and photographer Greg Moore have the highlights from cold and
rainy Casey Field.
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SUPER=03-Covington/Bath Co. vs. John Battle; :00
SUPER=01-Kevin Via/Bath Co. Head Coach; :16
SUPER=34-John Battle/7/Bath Co./1; :40
SUPER=01-Jimmy King/John Battle Head Coach; :45
SUPER=04-Glenvar vs. Grayson Co.; 1:06
SUPER=34-Grayson Co./8/Glenvar/0; 1:30
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Maybe they can't play baseball, but some elephants at a Los Angeles Zoo have
learned a new trick.
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Gripping paint brush with their trunks, the elephants can now make the
canvas come alive.
While one artistic pachyderm has taken to the new art, the other may need a
little more practise or the trainers may soon become its canvas.