In Mississippi, six teenagers are behind bars this afternoon for allegedly
plotting to kill their classmates.
The charges are related to last week's shooting rampage at Pearl High
Art Rascon has the story.
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SUPER=01-Bill Slade/Pearl Police Chief; :23
SUPER=01-June Goodin/Mother of Accused; 1:20
SUPER=01-Merrida Coxwell/Justin Sledge's Attorney; 1:32
OUT Q= Art Rascon, cbsn, pearl, ms.
Police say these six teenagers are part of a tightly knit group at pearl high
school, and were involved in last weeks killing spree that left 3-dead.
All six were charged late yesterday with conspiracy to commit
murder, and are now jailed on one million dollars bond each.
they were part of a deadly plot, police say, to kill students.
BILL SLADE/PEARL POLICE CHIEF:"I'M NOT GOING TO Y I'M SHOCKED. I'M JUST
SAYING, THIS WHOLE THING IS A TRAGIC
SITUATION. AND IT HAS ROCKED OUR COMMUNITY."
Five of the teenagers attend pearl high school....the scene last
week of a deadly rampage that left two students dead.
16-year old luke woodham is accused of killing the students...and
for allegedly stabbing is mother to death a few hours before the
Police won't say just how the six teenagers are connected to the
murders...but the mother of delbert shaw, one of the accused, had
this to say...
JUNE GOODIN/MOTHER OF ACCUSED:"I KNOW MY SON DIDN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH
IT...I DON'T KNOW ANY OF THE OTHER
CHILDREN WHO WERE, WHO WERE ARRESTED. BUT I DO KNOW THAT MY SON,
HE HAS NO VIOLENT STREAK IN HIM, WHATSOEVER. HE LOVED THESE
GIRLS, HE WOULD NEVER HAVE HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS."
But according to some reports the teenagers were a vicious group.
they not only were out to kill other students at the high school,
but reports say two of the suspects were also plotting to kill
Suggestions of cult activity were quickly shot down by one of the
MERRIDA COXWELL/JUSTIN SLEDGE ATTY:"THERE IS, UH, RUMORS OF A CULT GOING
AROUND. SOMEONE HAS BEEN WATCHING TO MANY OLIVER STONE MOVIES. BECAUSE THAT
School is back open today...with teens trying to deal with not
only the death of two students, but with the arrests of several
others. art rascon, cbsn, pearl, ms.))
Two white men will face a grand jury on charges of killing a black man in
Teresa Hamilton has details of the case.
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SUPER=01-Mark Claytor/Cressell's Attorney; :34
SUPER=01-Jimmy Turk/Ceparano's Attorney; 1:06
SUPER=01-William Avon Keen/Danville SCLC President; 1:26
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Christy Harden was there the night Garnett "GP" Johnson was burned alive and
The two, and some friends, had been celebrating her 21st birthday before the
night got out of hand.
At first, Harden told police her close friend, Emmett Cressell Junior-- was
However, later said Cressell helped carry Johnson's body outside shortly
before he was killed.
But Cressell's attorney says the fact his client was one of the first to
report the crime proves he wasn't involved, although Harden testified, Cressell
smelled of gasoline.
((MARK CLAYTOR/CRESSELL'S ATTORNEY:OBVIOUSLY THERE'S GREAT CONFLICT IN EVIDENCE
AND OBVIOUSLY I THINK, AT LEAST AT THIS POINT, MY POSITION'S BEEN BORNE OUT,
THAT MAYBE MY MAN'S NOT GUILTY, NOT MAYBE, HE'S NOT GUILTY. ))
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Louis Ceparano is the main suspect- -charged with capital murder.
When police arrived at Ceparano's house, the day of the murder, he was in
the yard, near where police found Johnson's head buried.
But his attorneys, Jimmy and Bobby Turk are inclined to point the finger at
Cressell. And, criticized local authorities for not initially treating Cressell
as a suspect.
((JIMMY TURK/CEPARANO'S ATTORNEY:JUNIOR CERTAINLY WAS INVOLVED, TO A GREAT
EXTENT, AND BOBBY AND I BOTH FEEL THAT, HE WAS INVOLVED TO THE EXTENT THAT HE
VERY LIKELY AND PROBABLY DID COMMIT THIS MURDER. ))
OUT Q=this murder
The case has been closely watched by civil rights groups who believe the
crime was racially motivated.
Danville's SCLC president was at the hearing.
IN Q=Well in
((WILLIAM AVON KEEN/DANVILLE SCLC PRESIDENT:WELL IN MY MIND, THERE'S NOT ANY
QUESTION, BASED ON THE TESTIMONIALS AND THE STATEMENTS THAT WERE MADE. ))
OUT Q=were made.
This is not the last we've heard from the two sides.
In the end-- Judge Danny Bird certified both cases to a grand jury.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Grayson County.))
A White House lawyer is testifying before a grand jury today about
videotapes of President Clinton's coffee meetings.
SUPER=04-White House Video;
Officials say the assistant counsel is explaining how the tapes were
made and why it took so long to turn them over to investigators.
President Clinton today responded to Senator Fred Thompson's accusations
that the White House tried to block a probe of Democratic fund- raising.
((CLINTON:When we gave 100 thousand pages of documents to Senator Thompson's
committee, I think that's pretty good evidence of our good faith.))
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At this hour former White House aid Harold Ickes is appearing before
Thompson's Senate panel investigating campaign fund- raising.
He said today he doesn't recall a meeting between President Clinton and
teamster members who have been implicated in union fund- raising schemes.
More violence today between Israel and Lebanon.
Three Israelis were killed and ten wounded in a roadside bomb attack in
Meantime, peace talks have resumed between Israel and the Palestinians.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yaser Arafat
met early this morning at a border crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
U-S envoy Dennis Ross arranged the meeting, the first between the two
leaders in eight months.
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((DENNIS ROSS:ITS CLEAR THAT THERE IS A POLITICAL PROCESS THATS UNDER WAY
TO WORK TOWARDS MUTUAL NEEDS ...GOOD STEP BUT LOTS OF WORK STILL TO BE DONE.))
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Ross says both leaders have agreed to meet on a regular basis.
Near Sacramento, California this morning military demolition experts
detonated a 24- year- old bomb.
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The 500 pound explosive was discovered yesterday in a railyard in the town
In 19-73 a trainload of ammunition bound for the Vietnam war exploded at the
The detonation occurred after authorities evacuated about 400
people within a half-mile radius.
In France, a former Nazi collaborator is on trial today for War crimes.
Eighty-seven- year- old Maurice Papon (pa-PAWN') is accused of sending more
than 15 hundred Jews to die in German concentration camps.
He is the highest ranking official in the Nazi- controlled French government
of World War Two to face war crimes.
A Danville man has pleaded guilty to killing three people.
Eighteen- year- old Percy Levar Walton was charged with robbing, then
killing a man and an elderly couple last November.
The victims were Walton's neighbors. Walton could receive the death
penalty when he is sentenced October 29th.
Doug Wilder had praise for both Jim Gilmore and Don Beyer at Monday night's
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((DOUG WILDER: I THINK THE PUBLIC I THINK IS GREATLY ENHANCED BY HEARING BOTH
OF YOU SPEAK ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE GONNA DO FOR VIRGINIA. BECAUSE I DON'T THINK
EITHER OF YOU ARE DEMONS. I THINK BOTH OF YOU WOULD SERVE AS GOVERNOR AND
WOULD BE EXCELLENT GOVERNORS.))
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OUT Q=excellent governors.
That was the former governor trying to remain the impartial moderator of
Afterward, he remained coy about any endorsement, even after making it known
he'd been pushed by President Clinton to endorse Don Beyer..
SOT BEYER 15:28:07
IN Q=I hope that
((DON BEYER: I HOPE THAT HE'LL ENDORSE ME. I'D LOVE TO CAMPAIGN WITH HIM IN
THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. BUT I'M GONNA WIN THIS RACE WITH OR WITHOUT HIM.
AND I CANNOT MAKE MY VICTORY AND VIRGINIA'S FUTURE DEPENDENT ON ANY ONE
PERSON'S DECISION. Are you counting on it? NO I'M NOT COUNTING ON IT. I
WELCOME IT, BUT I'M NOT PLANNING ON IT.))
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Political analysts say as long as Wilder holds out -- Republican Gilmore
picks up credibility with African American voters.
The spin doctors have been in action since the big debate.
Yesterday Gilmore defended himself against charges he describes as
And Republican prosecutors stepped forward to help him make his case.
During the debate, Beyer repeatedly criticized Gilmore for offering plea
agreements to some child molesters, while Gilmore was serving as the
Commonwealth's Attorney of Henrico County.
IN Q=Trying to distort
((JIM GILMORE/R- CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: TRYING TO DISTORT MY RECORD IN
PROFESSIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT IS ABSOLUTELY DESPICABLE, AND I THINK
COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEYS AND PROFESSIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PEOPLE ARE RISING UP
OUT Q=against that.
Three Republican prosecutors from western Virginia joined Gilmore yesterday
They dismissed Beyer's criticism as inaccurate and unfair.
IN Q=You've got to look
((JOEL BRANSCOM/BOTETOURT CO. COMM. ATTORNEY: YOU'VE GOT TO LOOK AT EACH CASE,
BUT A CHILD IS USUALLY YOUR WITNESS AND SOMETIMES THEY WON'T TESTIFY. SOMETIMES
THE PARENTS DON'T WANT THEM TO TESTIFY. THERE'S A MYRIAD OF REASONS WHY YOU
ENTER A PLEA AGREEMENT. AND HIS ATTACK IGNORES THAT.))
SUPER=01-Joel Branscom/Botetourt Co. Comm. Attorney;
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Gilmore was in Roanoke to address the Regional Chamber of Commerce. Beyer
will speak to the group later this month.
Rocky Mount is without a town manager this afternoon.
Mark Henne (hen-nee) handed in his resignation yesterday.
The action follows a closed door meeting Monday between Henne, the mayor and
No official explanation has been given, but the mayor's office says the
matter will be discussed at the council meeting on Monday.
For now the mayor is filling in for Henne.
It was a debate over the temperature of the Jackson River at last night's
Alleghany County Board of Supervisor's meeting.
The temperature of the water flowing out of the Gathright dam was lowered
nine years ago.
The cooler water accepts more biological waste, making it cheaper for nearby
Westvaco to do business.
E.C. Dressler says the warm water should be brought back.
He says the cold water stifles tourism, because people can't swim in the
Dressler was the only supervisor to voice his desire to warm the water.
A kiss between two cadets at V-M-I has led to campus confinement.
The male and female rats were caught kissing under a desk in a dark room
In addition to a month's confinement the cadets were also given additional
marching duty as punishment.
It is the first known violation of the school's anti fraternization rules.
The Hubble telescope has locked in on what's being called the biggest,
brightest star ever.
SUPER=04-View from Hubble Telescope;
Astronomers say the "Pistol" star's energy output in SIX seconds equals what
our sun generates in an entire year.
And it's so big you could put the sun and the orbits of the first
three planets of our solar system, including Earth's, inside it.
There are a few skeptics who are less starry-eyed.
One astronomer says the Pistol is actually a combination of two or three
Center In The Square is getting more than praise for its work...it's getting
The center was awarded the Rudy Bruner Award, in recognition of Urban
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((SIMEON BRUNER/BRUNER, COTT; WE THINK THAT CENTER IN THE SQUARE DEVELOPED A
AMAZING PROGRAM TO BRING THE COMMUNITY IN THE DOWNTOWN AND RESPONSIBLE IN A
LARGE MEASURE FOR THE RENOVATION FOR DOWN TOWN ROANOKE.))
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Roanoke was selected from more than 80 projects nationwide.
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Union leaders say they'll fight the Norfolk Southern/C-S-X plan to carve up
A-F-L- C-I-O leaders in Washington yesterday discussed the proposed split.
The officials said the deal puts railroad workers at risk as their companies
get bigger and the potential for accidents increases.
Labor also is concerned that the two buyers expect to eliminate two-thousand
The Braves and the Marlins opened their best of seven National League
championship series last night.
And if you're a Braves fan -- you won't like the highlights.
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Marlins' skipper Jim Leyland got some unexpected help from the Braves'
normally tough infield.
Fred McGriff booted one at first, right before Chipper Jones let this one
slide into left field.
The nonchalant play allowed three
runs to score in the first innings.
The Braves lose game one 5 to 3.
Game two is later today.
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The William Byrd Terriers continue to chalk up victories in the Blue Ridge
Last night in Salem they took care of the Spartans, raising their record to
14 and 0.
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In the second quarter, Andrea Gay hustles all the way down for the easy two
inside as Byrd takes a 3 point lead.
But the Lady Spartans turned up the heat. Elizabeth Croy nails the deuce
from the corner.
Salem cuts the Byrd lead to just one point.
But the Lady Terriers would slowly
start to pull away. Sarah Moore's short jumper gives Byrd a 9 point lead,
and the Terriers win it 52 to 33.
The Carolina Hurricanes got their first win of the season last night in
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Kings vs. Hurricanes; :00
The Canes started quickly last night as Robert Kron scores the opening goal
to make 1-to-nothing.
Then still in the first look at the nice diving move by Glen Wesley to slap
the puck in and give Carolina a 2-to-nothing lead.
The Kings then went on top 3-to-2 before Gary Roberts forced a tie in
overtime with the backhand shot past former Winston-Salem Thunderbird goalie
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It ends tied at 3-all in O-T.
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The Express got in a scrimmage last night.
Veteran Dave Stewart welcomed newcomer Travis Smith to the pro ranks with
this not so subtle check behind the net.
And Gagnon taught Mike Bzdell a lesson or two as "Gags" makes the save on the
point blank shot.
It's October and Halloween is right around the corner.
That means it's time to pick out a costume and a pumpkin, but for one Utah
man, those two are one in the same.
Michael Rawson has the story.
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