He lived with the family- -was obsessed with the 11-year old daughter-
-plotted for years to kill them all.
Tonight Earl Conrad Bramblett is a convicted capital killer.
Details of the verdict ...on NEWS 7 at SIX:
The politics of trick or treat and a preview of the Falwell-Flynt debate in
Charlottesville this weekend.
In sports, the Winston Cup cars are at Phoenix this weekend another big
night for Friday Football Extra.
And Virginia Tech gets ready for a big game at home tomorrow against U-A-B.
Rain spreads into the area later tonight. A breezy, mild forecast for the
Earl Bramblett has been found guilty of capital murder.
It took a Roanoke County jury less than three hours to convict, just 17
minutes to call for multiple LIFE terms for the man who murdered the Hodges
IN Q=I think the jury
SUPER=01-Skip Burkart/Roanoke Co. Commonwealth's Atty; :00
SUPER=03-Vinton/August 29, 1994; :09
SUPER=01-Randy Hodges/Victim's Brother; :38
SUPER=01-Don Hodges/Victim's Brother; 1:04
OUT Q=along this line.
((I THINK THE JURY WAS SENDING HIM A MESSAGE IN THE TIME IT TOOK THEM TO COME
BACK WITH THEIR VERDICT ))
Earl Bramblett had spent more than a year planning the crime... even as he
lived in the house with the people he was plotting to kill.
Though he was careful to plant the suggestion in the minds of others that
the Hodges would one day be wiped out in a drug hit, State Police Special Agent
Barry Kessee spent two years unraveling the case- -building a mountain of
circumstantial evidence against Bramblett that ultimately did him in.
Blaine Hodges brother, Randy, thanked the jury aloud in court, then cursed
Bramblett and told him to "burn in hell."
((IT WAS AN EMOTIONAL TIME FOR ALL OF US.... ))
But Randy Hodges didn't apologize for the outburst that cost him his seat in
((I THINK IT WAS JUST A RELIEF TO SEE THAT JUSTICE HAS PREVAILED IN THIS CASE.
((UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES I THINK THE PUBLIC CAN UNDERSTAND WHY HE DID IT. ))
Monday the jury will be back to consider whether Bramblett deserves to die
for killing Winter Hodges- -the 11-year old girl he'd become so obsessed with.
((I PERSONALLY, AND THIS IS PERSONALLY, DON'T FEEL LIKE THIS THE FIRST TIME
HE'S DONE SOMETHING OF THIS NATURE. AND IF HE HADN'T BEEN STOPPED, HE WOULD
HAVE CONTINUED DOING SOMETHING ALONG THIS LINE.))
DON Hodges was referring to the case of two young women missing since the
Bramblett was questioned as to the whereabouts of Tammy Akers and Lori
Oyler. That case will undoubtedly be part of the evidence adduced next week in
the second part of the penalty phase.
The jury has already settled on four LIFE sentences and a 400-thousand
dollar fine for FIRST DEGREE murder and arson ...plus 13 years for firearms
violations. The only thing left is the question of LIFE or DEATH.
A 19-year-old Danville man will die for murdering three of his neighbors
nearly a year ago.
Double Boxes=Keith and Tina/Microwave
Tina Tenret was there today when the judge sentenced Percy Levar Walton to
Keith, Walton's vanity may have been his downfall. He bragged about the
murders in jail. One inmate says Walton wanted to be famous for mass murder
and had considered a shooting spree at a nearby pool. By then Walton had
already shot 33-year-old Archie Moore and an elderly couple.
IN Q=One had to be shot
SUPER=01-Bill Fuller/Danville Commonwealth's Attorney; :00
SUPER=03-Danville/Last November; :21
OUT Q=live in a civilized society
IN Q=We know without any
((BILL FULLER/DANVILLE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: ONE HAD TO BE SHOT BEFORE THE
OTHER AND THE TRAUMATIC, DEVASTATING EXPERIENCE IT MUST HAVE BEEN FOR THE ONE
WHO WAS SHOT SECOND -- TO KNOW WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO THEIR MATE DURING THE
GOLDEN YEARS OF THEIR LIVES.))
OUT Q=of their lives
Percy Levar Walton shot and killed Elizabeth and Jesse Kendrick in their
Walton shot Archie Moore after asking to use his phone. He stole Moore's
Mustang -- telling an inmate he liked driving a dead man's car.
Defense attorney Larry Gott says Walton accepts responsibility for his
crimes and does not deserve to die.
But the Commonwealth's Attorney said Walton had also assaulted his mother --
threatened jailors -- and is dangerous.
IN Q=He is a
((HE IS A SADISTIC, RUTHLESS AND COLD-BLOODED MURDERER WHO HAS NO CONSCIENCE,
NO REMORSE, AND NO RIGHT TO LIVE IN A CIVILIZED SOCIETY.)) ))
OUT Q=in a civilized society
Walton smiled during the first day of testimony, even as the Kendricks'
granddaughter described her pain.
Double Boxes=Keith and Tina/Microwave
He stopped smiling today as the judge sentenced him to three death penalties,
plus three life sentences and 28 years in prison for stealing and firearms
Virginia Democrats are mobilizing for what they say is the most important
weekend of the fall campaign.
SOT tape one 13:02:09
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: VIRGINIANS HATE THE CAR TAX. I
HATE THE CAR TAX.))
sot TAPE ONE 13:06:01
((WELL OKAY DON'T LISTEN TO ME. LISTEN REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR LINWOOD HOLTON...
"IT'S A GIMMICK."))
OUT Q=a gimmick."
At rallies across the state, all three Democratic candidates tried to fight
their way out from under bad or close poll numbers.
But Don Beyer says he looks back just four years ago.
IN Q=One of the pollsters
((DON BEYER: ONE OF THE POLLSTERS TOLD ME... 48 HOURS AGO.))
OUT Q=48 hours ago.
Beyer and Bill Dolan hope to get a boost at a rally Monday with President
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The entire GOP ticket made a swing through Lynchburg, meeting with employees
at the city's new Frito-Lay plant.
Although he promised not to make a political speech, Gilmore couldn't resist
touting his no-car tax plan.
IN Q=But I tell
((JIM GILMORE/R- CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: BUT I TELL YOU, WE'RE NOT TAKING
ANYBODY FOR GRANTED/ WE WANT TO ASK EVERYBODY TO VOTE FOR US ON TUESDAY AND IF
THEY DO, WE'LL WIN THE ELECTION AND WE'LL DO GOOD FOR THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA.))
((MARK EARLEY/R- ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATE: WE'RE JUST GOING TO LET THAT REST
WITH THE VOTERS. WE'RE JUST GOING TO WORK HARD UNTIL SEVEN O'CLOCK TUESDAY
NIGHT AND HOPE VIRGINIA'S FAMILIES WANT TO BUILD A FUTURE THAT THEY CAN BE
PROUD OF FOR THEIR CHILDREN.))
OUT Q=for their children.
Lynchburg was able to lure Frito- Lay with millions of dollars in state
incentives provided by the Allen administration.
Gilmore promised to continue that kind of economic development work.
Republican John Hager goes into Tuesday's election NOT really clear on where
he stands on affirmative action.
The lieutenant governor candidate made waves weeks ago by saying he'd favor
California's Proposition 209.
That measure bars California colleges from considering race as a factor when
Virginia's current policy is to let colleges use racial preferences if they
But in an interview with a Richmond TV station, Hager confuses the issue,
saying he now supports Virginia's stance because it--
IN Q=Does allow
((DOES ALLOW, BUT DOES NOT MANDATE....MIXED UP, MIKE.))
OUT Q=mixed up, Mike.
Democratic opponent L.F. Payne says HE favors Virginia's system.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
It's still a rarity in state politics--two women vying for a House of
Delegates seat. We'll meet them, coming up on News 7 at Six.
And beware--ghosts, goblins and other creepy creations are already making
their trick or treat rounds--we'll check in on a Halloween party at Tanglewood
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For the first time in more than twenty years, a legislator named Crouch will
"not" be representing the people of the 22nd District in the state House of
Eight years after she succeeded her husband Joe, Joyce Crouch is stepping
Now both parties see the 22nd as a vulnerable seat.. and the fight to take
it has been a bitter one.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=If you had
SUPER=03-Campbell Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Kathy Byron/(R) 22nd District Candidate; :20
SUPER=01-Kaye Lipscomb/(D) 22nd District Candidate; :27
OUT Q=News7, Campbell County.
(( If you had asked either Kathy Byron or Kaye Lipscomb a year ago whether they
ever envisioned a foray into politics, both would have told you "no".
Yet, in the wake of Joyce Crouch's retirement from her 22nd District House
seat, each saw an opportunity to give something back.. by supporting public
education and creating more jobs for their community.
IN Q=I wanted to
((KATHY BYRON/R- HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: I WANTED TO TAKE MY BUSINESS
EXPERIENCE TO RICHMOND WITH ME TO MAKE THAT FOUNDATION EVEN STRONGER.))
OUT Q=even stronger.
IN Q=It was only
((KAYE LIPSCOMB/D- HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: IT WAS ONLY WHEN I BEGAN TO
CONSIDER THE OUTCOME OF NOT DOING IT..))
OUT Q=not doing it.
The not- so- subtle hint is that Lipscomb, a real estate broker, might not
be running had the Republicans fielded a better candidate.
Her campaign has blasted Byron's telemarketing business for a 1990 fraud
complaint lodged by the Attorney General.
IN Q=Mrs. Byron
((LIPSCOMB: MRS. BYRON HAS REPEATEDLY SAID THAT SHE WOULD TAKE HER BUSINESS
PRACTICE AND HER BUSINESS EXPERIENCE TO RICHMOND, FOR THAT REASON THE VOTERS OF
THIS DISTRICT CERTAINLY DESERVE TO KNOW WHAT HER RECORD IS. AND HER RECORD IS
UNFORTUNATELY, A RATHER FLAWED ONE.))
OUT Q=flawed one.
IN Q=I haven't done
((BYRON: I HAVEN'T DONE ANYTHING WRONG, SO WHEN SOMEONE USES HALF- TRUTHS AND
INNUENDOS TO PULL AWAY FROM THAT AND SLANDER SOMEONE, THAT'S JUST NOT THE WAY
THAT YOU SHOULD CAMPAIGN.))
OUT Q=should campaign.
((HOW YOU DOING? FIGHTING HARD?))
Byron's campaign strategy has been to enlist high- profile help from the
state party and ride Joyce Crouch's endorsement to the polls.
Lipscomb has the backing of the NRA, the Virginia Education Association and
the local editorial page.
What it all means to the voters will be determined next Tuesday.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Campbell County.))
If it's true opposites attract, tomorrow's meeting between the Reverend
Jerry Falwell and Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt should go very
Fifteen years after Falwell sued Flynt over an ad parody in Hustler, the two
men are now discussing their differences more amicably.
IN Q=Pornography to me
((REV. JERRY FALWELL/LU CHANCELLOR: PORNOGRAPHY TO ME IS POISON, IT'S GARBAGE.
AND I SAY THAT TO HIM EYEBALL TO EYEBALL EVERYWHERE WE GO. BUT THEN WHEN THE
FIGHT'S OVER ON THAT ISSUE, I'M A PASTOR AND HE'S AN INDIVIDUAL FOR WHOM CHRIST
DIED AND MY JOB IS TO LOVE HIM AND REACH HIM FOR CHRIST. I DON'T THINK LARRY
FLYNT IS HOPELESS, I THINK HE'S REACHABLE.))
SUPER=01-Rev. Jerry Falwell/LU Chancellor; :00
OUT Q=think he's reachable.
The debate gets underway tomorrow morning at the University of Virginia.
Flynt and Falwell then plan to attend the Liberty University football game
Stabilizing overseas markets and encouraging U-S inflation news
helped calm investors' nerves after a turbulent week on Wall Street.
TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE
The Dow gained 60 points today to close at 74 hundred 42.
NASDAQ was up 23 points.
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[ Bassett Fur/ Bedford Bancshares/Dimon]
[ ETS /Main Bankshares/ Optical Cable]
[Pulaski Furn./ Roanoke Electric Steel/Roanoke Gas]
[ Stanley Furniture/ Tultex/Valley Bank]
Ghosts, goblins, witches and other scary creatures of the night are roaming
the Roanoke Valley. If you don't already have plans---
Double Boxes=Keith and Tonya/Microwave
Tonya Flory is at Tanglewood Terror Mall tonight to tell us what kind of
Halloween festivities are going on there?
( ad lib)Roanoke County Parks and Rec has games and they're giving away prizes
and the mall 90 stores are giving away candy to trick-or-treaters.
SUPER=01-Arlain Martin/Tanglewood Mall Marketing Ass't.
(Tonya ad lib live interview)
(B Roll over interview)
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All the activities are free and open to the public...Costume Contest judging
continues until about 8-30 tonight....
Double Boxes=Keith and Tonya/Microwave
And coming up, Steve Mason will join us live from Victory Stadium as we
prepare for another big night of Friday Football Extra.
And Bobby Hamilton will start on the pole for this weekends Winston Cup race
Our Friday Football Extra crews will bring you highlights from 14 games this
evening. One of the featured match ups pits Pulaski County against Patrick
Henry down at Victory Stadium. Cougar lienman Lee Cook lost his live there two
DOUBLE BOX/ROY AND STEVE Microwave
Steve Mason will be covering the game; and Steve; it seems who wins and who
loses isn't the most important thing.
Roy; perhaps the actions of the Patriots best reinforce that. five minutes
before kick off; Patrick Henry officails will present the Cook family with a
500 dollar check for the Lee Cook Football Scholarship Fund.
Then there will be a moment of silence before kick off.
Pulaski comes into this game; if you can believe it; a much closer and a
much stronger community. These Cougars are dedicating their efforts to Lee over
a tight RVD race.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Joel Hicks/Pulaski Co. Head Coach; :00
SUPER=04-October 17; :20
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Week; :44
SUPER=01-Jeff Johnson/Patrick Henry Head Coach; :49
OUT Q=...the district schedule"
((It was two weeks ago tonight at this very stadium that Lee Cook died
tragically. The cause of death is still unknown; but one thing is for certain;
the love, admiration and the togetherness that his loss has generated. His
locker remains intact; except for the wreath and the flowers that have been
The Patriots have added Lee's number 77 to their helmets in his memory. And
while both the Patriots and the Cougars are jockeying for playoff position;
their thoughts will be not just on football tonight.
The Cougars and the Patriots aren't the only ones who are honoring Lee Cook.
The Roanoke Express hockey organization has something special planned for
they're game November 16th against Louisiana at the Round House.
IN Q="What we
((PIERRE PAIEMENT/EXPRESS GENERAL MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Pierre Paiement/Express General Manager; :00
OUT Q=....lose his life so early"
STEVE ADD LIBS AND TOSSES BACK TO ROY
Roy, Gametime is 7:30 and we will have all of the highlights tonight on
friday Football Extra.
On Monday he won at Rockingham and today Bobby Hamilton is in the spot light
SUPER=03-Phoenix, AZ/SPEEDVISION; :
Hamilton, driving the Richard Petty S-T-P Pontiac, captured the pole
position for Sunday's Dura Lube 500 with a speed of 131 point 579 miles per
Points leader Jeff Gordon, who can wrap up the championship with a second
place finish qualified 12-th.
And here's the rest of the top 25.
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SUPER=107-1. Bobby Hamilton/131.579/2. Jimmy Spencer//3. Rusty Wallace//4.
Bobby Labonte//5. Rick Mast//;
SUPER=107-6. Ken Schrader//7. Dale Earnhardt//8. Johnny Benson//9. Dale
Jarrett//10. Lake Speed//;
SUPER=107-11. Kenny Irwin Jr//12. Jeff Gordon//13. Dick Trickle//14. Mark
Martin//15. Brett Bodine//;
SUPER=107-16. Derrike Cope//17. Geoff Bodine//18. Joe Nemechek//19. Darrell
Waltrip//20. Steve Grissom//
SUPER=107-21. Kenny Wallace//22. Jeremy Mayfield//23. Ted Musgrave//24. Robert
Pressley//25. Ernie Irvan//
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR."
The Virginia Tech Hokies are back home tomorrow for their first ever meeting
The Blazers come to town with a 3-and-4 record, but the Hokies
SUPER=03-Morgantown, WV/Last Saturday; :00
comes into the game with five key players and their head trainer on the
sideline with injuries.
The wide receiver corp is without its top three pass catchers, and the team's
ego is also bruised after last week's loss at West Virginia.
IN Q="I think...
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...THIS WEEKEND."
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From 9am Until 1pm/Learn More About El Nino/;
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Coming up later tonight--
P.J. O'Rourke has said "giving money and power to government is like giving
whiskey and car keys to teen-age boys."
Tonight, the political humorist speaks at Roanoke College.
And he's taking on everything from campaign-finance reform to the Virginia
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We'll have the story, and more tonight on News 7 at 11.