The man accused of killing a Vinton family of four says the victims
conspired against him.
That story is next on News 7 at Six.
and a Danville cop and shoplifting supsect scuffle, a gun goes off and the
suspect is dead. We'll have the latest on the investigation into the incident.
In sports--week one of hard hitting Friday Football Extra highlights with
reports from Mike Stevens and Roy Stanley, Frank Beamer talks about Rutgers,
and Bobby Labonte captures his ninth career pole, qualifying from darlington
Time for your weekend forecast and it looks pretty good. Details are coming
Earl Bramblett may have killed the Hodges family because he thought members
of the family were trying to set him up.
The prime suspect thought they planned to have him arrested for some real-
-or imagined- -offense against the ten- year old girl he's accused of killing.
IN Q=During a closed
SUPER=03-Vinton/August 29, 1994;
OUT Q=his day in court.
((During a closed-door hearing in May, Bramblett's attorneys tried to show
Bramblett suffers from delusions.
It started as a conspiracy by the Hodges, Bramblett believes. Ultimately
police, even his own lawyers joined in- -by Bramblett's logic.
Blaine and Teresa Hodges were killed in their own home exactly three years
ago today- -along with their two children, Winter and Anna Hodges.
The house was set ablaze after the four were killed.
In an audio tape- -recorded after the Hodges were killed, Bramblett told a
story about Winter putting on a show for him, "gyrations" he called it.
"What I had suspected for a year," Bramblett says he thought it "was a
setup. Blaine was trying to buy himself out of jail by using his daughter as a
some type of sexual enticement toward me," Bramblett said on tape.
Psychologist Evan Nelson concluded Hodges suffers from a rare delusional
disorder... believing that the Hodges were involved in a conspiracy against
him... that Police planted evidence and tried to frame him... that he figures
he'll eventually be tried on false evidence.... that his own attorneys are part
of the plot to keep him from having his day in court.))
Bramblett sounded convinced that the prosecutor and the defense attorneys
were trying to have him declared incompetent, committed, then accidentally
killed in the "nut house," as he put it.
The capital murder trial is set to begin October 14.
Danville police are silent today...
after one of their own shot and killed an alleged shoplifter yesterday.
State investigators are on the case, releasing the officer's name but still
trying to figure out the victim's identity.
Tina Tenret is live in our Danville newsroom with the story.
Double Boxes=Keith and Tina/Microwave
Keith, Officer Dewey Hancock Jr. is on administrative leave after killing a
man who was trying to take his gun.
All we know of the victim was that he was a black male, but state police say
the shootingwas NOT racially motivated.
IN Q=The man arrested
SUPER=04-File Tape; :07
SUPER=01-Lt. Jim Ruhland/State Police; :14
OUT Q=at the same time
((The man arrested for shoplifting at Belk Department Store yesterday
afternoon apparently shoved a police officer and ran from the mall.
Officer Dewey Hancock Jr. found the man in a parking lot and chased him
behind the furniture store.
IN Q=the officer
((LT. JIM RUHLAND/STATE POLICE: THE OFFICER WITHDREW HIS PEPPER-SPRAY CONTAINER
SUPER=01-Lt. Jim Ruhland/State Police;
The two men fought for Officer Hancock's gun and a shot was fired, leaving
the suspect dead with a single gunshot wound to the chest.
The medical examiner says Hancock pulled the trigger.
State police say they don't have a name for the victim...
who was arrested for credit card theft only last week.
He told officers he lived at 174 Gray Street in Danville...
the man who answers this door says he knew the victim only as "D" and D
stayed there off and on for several months.
He says D was his friend, and he's talked to a second suspect who was
arrested for shoplifting at the same time.))
Police say the second suspect has made bail and gone free.
Meanwhile, local black leaders say they want to ask investigators why
Officer Hancock shot the victim.
Double Boxes=Keith and Tina/Microwave
(Keith question: Tina, do police have any idea how soon they'll know the
GRAPHIC=L F Payne
Democratic Lieutenant Govenor candidate L.F. Payne wants Virginia schools to
Payne says it's NOT a religious thing and it's NOT a state mandate.
It would just create a clearinghouse of information for local school
divisions to use.
IN Q=Regardless of
((L.F. PAYNE: REGARDLESS OF OUR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AND OUR MORAL BACKGROUNDS,
THERE ARE CERTAIN UNIVERSAL VALUES... HARD WORK, RESPECT, AND RESPONSIBILITY,
DECENCY, AND HONESTY.))
((MIKE SALSTER: THE PROPER PLACE TO LEARN VALUES IS AT HOME, WITH PARENTS.
AND TEACHERS HAVE ENOUGH TO DO WITHOUT TAKING ON THIS ADDITIONAL
SUPER=01-Mike Salster/John Hager Spokesman; :17
OUT Q=additional responsibility.
Payne says he's all for teaching values in the home too -- but he says
that's NOT enough.
We know what most Virginia schoolchildren will be doing when classes resume
It's what they're doing after school that's got another politician worried.
IN Q=It's a place
((IT'S A PLACE WHERE PETTY LARCENY'S OCCURRING, WHERE YOUNG GIRLS ARE GETTING
PREGNANT, AND THEY'RE USING DRUGS. AND I THINK THE ANSWER IS THIS: COMPETE FOR
OUT Q=for the time.
So Democrat Bill Dolan's got a far-reaching plan.
IN Q=I think
((BILL DOLAN: I THINK WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN ON A PILOT PROJECT BASIS BEGINNING IN
JANUARY: EVERY KID, EVERY DAY FROM MIDDLE SCHOOL ON HAS TO BE INVOLVED IN
EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. THEY PICK THE ACTIVITY. WE MAKE THE DECISION.
EVERY KID, EVERY DAY.))
OUT Q=every kid, every day. 2nd REF!
Despite what Dolan said, his campaign is now clarifying: he really only
means mandatory activities for so-called "at risk" teens.
((THEY NEED TO HAVE MORE THINGS TO DO. LIKE JOBS, OR HELPING THE COMMUNITY.
TOO MANY KIDS ARE HANGING OUT IN THE STREET GETTING INTO TROUBLE ALL THE
((KERRI POWER: IF A KID IS GOING TO GET IN TROUBLE, HE'LL DO IT AFTERWARDS.
HE'LL FIND SOMEWAY TO DO WHAT HE WANTS, ANYWAYS.))
((J.W. HOLLAND: REALLY, I MEAN, JUST LET EVERYBODY DO THEIR OWN THING. IT'S A
PLACE FOR EVERYBODY IN AMERICA. WE FREE.))
SUPER=01-Ronna Wright/Mother of Teenager; :00
SUPER=01-Kerri Power/Age 16; :13
SUPER=01-J.W. Holland/Age 16; :22
OUT Q=we free.
Dolan says he'll have more specifics next week.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Parents worried about the safety of a school bus stop have won a round in
their fight with school officials. We'll have that story coming up on News 7
and is the Giles County prosecutor making mistakes that are costing cases?
We'll hear from one woman who says the prosecutor's negligence allowed a rapist
to go free.
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A man accused of attacking women at two Roanoke County apartment complexes
has been CLEARED of all charges.
At the prosecutor's request, a judge today dropped the case against Ronald
Heavner had been arrested in May on charges of aggravated sexual battery and
Heavner's lawyer says DNA evidence showed conclusively that police had
arrested the wrong man.
Also, a computer printout backed up Heavner's alibi that he was using the
Internet at the times the crimes were committed.
Renee Trump was raped and beaten by a stranger who broke into her Giles
D-N-A evidence would identify her attacker but the man named will NEVER be
prosecuted for the crime.
Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa/Microwave
Teresa Hamilton joins us from our Blacksburg Newsroom with the story.
Keith-- this case has raised a lot of questions-- questions about the way
Giles County's prosecutor has been doing his job for the past year and eight
IN Q=I'm furious
SUPER=03-Raleigh Co., WV; :07
SUPER=01-Renee Trump/Rape Victim; :26
SUPER=03-Giles Co.; 1:48
OUT Q=timely manner.
IN Q=I'm furious
((RENEE TRUMP/RAPE VICTIM:I'M FURIOUS, I COULD REALLY BEAT THE HELL OUT OF
OUT Q=out of somebody.
Renee Trump is mad because she knows she'll probably never face her alleged
attacker in court.
When her case went to trial last month, Cory Kast, the suspect charged with
raping Trump, was freed from prosecution.
It turns out Giles County Commonwealth's Attorney Garland Spangler waited
too long to prosecute the case.
IN Q=I told
((RENEE TRUMP/RAPE VICTIM:I TOLD HIM WHAT A PIECE OF ---- HE WAS AND THAT HE
DIDN'T KNOW HIS --- HEAD FROM A HOLE IN THE GROUND. THAT IF HE COULDN'T DO HIS
JOB THEY NEEDED TO LET SOMEONE ELSE IN THE OFFICE THAT KNEW WHAT THEY WERE
OUT Q=they were doing.
Trump says Spangler tried to blame the judge.
Judge Colin Gibb was unable to comment-- but circuit court personnel tell
"they are NOT aware of any situation in which any judge has lost documents or
failed to sign a document."
They also note that "as far as a speedy trial, they have observed the Judge
prompting Mr. Spangler on various occassions to tend to the continuance orders
and guard the dates on the cases."
Prosecutor Spangler may have known his case was in trouble BEFORE it went to
Trump says about a week before trial Spangler tried to get her to drop the
case-- saying Kast had OTHER charges against him.
IN Q=But you
((but you would have nothing to do with that?
RENEE TRUMP/RAPE VICTIM:NO ACTUALLY, I GOT REAL ANGRY AND STARTED CURSING AND
TELLING HIM, YOU KNOW THAT IT DOESN'T MATTER, THIS MAN NEEDS TO PAY FOR WHAT
HE'S DONE. ))
OUT Q=he's done.
Sources who spoke with NEWS 7 question the way Spangler handled the case for
Renee Trump did NOT see her attacker because he put a shirt over her face--
however D-N-A evidence identified her attacker as Cory Kast-- which could have
easily made this an open and shut case.
But Spangler may NOT have been able to bring out the D-N-A match in court
that day because he failed to notify the defense beforehand.
IN Q=There's nights
((RENEE TRUMP/RAPE VICTIM:THERE'S NIGHTS I WAKE UP IN COLD SWEATS BECAUSE I
JUST DREAM ABOUT HIM JUST HOVERING OVER TOP OF ME, IT'S NOT FAIR, IT'S NOT FAIR
TO ME. ))
OUT Q=fair to me.
This isn't the first time Spangler has failed to fill out the appropriate
paperwork regarding cases.
The Mathew Collins case is one example.
Collins was facing 20- years in prison for raping a young girl-- but only
received a one year sentence.
Sources tell NEWS 7 Collins had been convicted of raping the girl six years
before but Spangler was unable to bring out Collins' past in court because he
failed to notify the defense in a timely manner.
Garland Spangler refused to comment about the cases-- but jurors we spoke
with say they would have argued for a tougher sentence had they known about
Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa/Microwave
Stocks bounced both higher and lower after a Commerce Department report
indicating consumer spending was higher in July.
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The Dow ended the session with a 72 point drop.
NASDAQ gained six points.
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Concerned Franklin County residents are trying to provide safer conditions
for their children traveling to school.
After four years of parents' calls and complaints, the school transportation
office today changed Bus 107's stop on Route 122 in Hardy to a convenience
store parking lot across the street from the original pickup point.
Concerned citizens say the original spot has been the site of many accidents
and near misses.
IN Q=And the bus
((TERESA TYREE/PARENT:AND THE BUS STOP WAS STOPPED RIGHT UP HERE AT THE FIRST
DRIVEWAY AND A MILK TRUCK CAME AROUND THE CURVE RIGHT THERE AND WHEN IT I GUESS
IT COULDN'T SEE THE BUS AND IT SLAMMED ON IT'S BRAKES AND ALL OF US IN THE
VEHICLE JUST CRINGED BECAUSE WE THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO HIT THE BUS))
OUT Q=hit the bus
The Virginia Department of Transportation is trimming the trees back on Route
122 to increase visibility near the bus stop.
Qualifying from Darlington to bring you; as well as words from Coach
Beamer on the Hokies opener at Rutgers,
and Friday Football Extra is here; Fleming's Lee Suggs just one of many stars
who will shine tonight a preview next
The 1997 high school football season opens tonight all across the Friday
Football Extra coverage area.
One of the marquee games tonight is in Roanoke County where Cave Spring is
preparing to host Northside.
Mike Stevens serves up something other than some pregame hype.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Mike Cullinan/Outback Steakhouse G.M.; :22
SUPER=01-Donna Sellers/Cave Spring Boosters Club; :58
OUT Q=... Victory Stadium.
MIKE TOSSES TO ROY
TAPE#S7-15 ("B" Roll)
(Mike on tape tosses to Roy Live)
(Roy ad lib)
Mike, Head coach George Miller is here with me this evening, Coach
SUPER=01-George "Kila" Miller/William Fleming Head Coach; :
(Roy ad libs live interview)
ROLL B ROLL ON THE SECOND QUESTON
The Colonels and Lancers hook up tonight right here at Victory Stadium. Back
to you Steve.
Double Boxes=Steve and Roy/Microwave
(Roy tosses back to Steve in studio)
Virginia Tech opens the 1997 football season tomorrow att 12:35 on the road
against Rutgers. This is the 8th meeting between the two powers.
((FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...play well"
Bobby Labonte captured his ninth career pole today in Busch Pole qualifying
for Sunday's Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington.
SUPER=03-Darlington, SC/espn2; :00
Jeff Gordon, who will win a Million dollar bonus this Sunday with a win, was
But Labonte went out early and won the pole with a blistering speed of 170
point 661 miles an hour.
Now the top 25.
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-1. Bobby Labonte/170.661/2. Bill Elliott//3. Dale Jarrett //4. Mark
Martin//5. Ken Schrader//;
SUPER=107-6. Hut Stricklin //7. Jeff Gordon //8. Dick Trickle//9. Sterling
Marlin//10. Ernie Irvan//;
SUPER=107-11. Brett Bodine//12. Geoff Bodine//13. Ward Burton//14. Michael
Waltrip//15. Ted Musgrave//;
SUPER=107-16. Jeff Burton//17. Terry Labonte//18. Johnny Benson//19. Jeremy
Mayfield//20. Joe Nemechek//;
SUPER=107-21. Ricky Rudd//22. Jeff Purvis//23. Lake Speed//24. Derrike
Cope//25. Kenny Wallace;
SUPER=330-Clear/Winds Calm/56-59/Partly Sunny/Light Winds/82-84;
SUPER=331-Mostly Clear/Winds Calm/55-60/Partly Sunny/Light Winds/85-87;
SUPER=332-Mostly Clear/Wind NW-10/54-56/Mostly Sunny/Wind SE-10/80-82;
SUPER=333-Mostly Clear/Light Winds/55-58/Partly Sunny/Light Winds/80-84;
SUPER=334-Partly Cloudy/Patchy Fog/54-58/Fog Early/Then Sunny/80-84;