The Virginian-Pilot
                             THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT 
              Copyright (c) 1996, Landmark Communications, Inc.

DATE: Tuesday, March 19, 1996                TAG: 9603190372
SECTION: FRONT                    PAGE: A10  EDITION: FINAL 
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The Virginian-Pilot

Dec. 30, 1994:

At 10 a.m., a gunman storms into the Planned Parenthood clinic at

1031 Beacon St. in Brookline, Mass., kills receptionist Shannon

Lowney, 25, wounds three others. Ten minutes later, the gunman opens

fire at Preterm Health Services clinic about a mile away.

Receptionist Lee Ann Nichols dies, two others are wounded. A

five-state manhunt begins for John Salvi, a student hairdresser from

Hampton Beach, N.H.

Dec. 31, 1994:

Salvi is arrested in Norfolk after allegedly firing 23 bullets

from a .22-caliber semiautomatic rifle through the glass doors of

the Hillcrest Clinic on East Little Creek Road. No one is injured.

Salvi is jailed without bond under heavy security.

Jan. 3, 1995:

Salvi is arraigned in Norfolk General District Court on a felony

charge of shooting into an occupied building. He asks for more time

to consider whether to voluntarily return to Massachusetts to face

murder charges.

Jan. 5:

From his Norfolk jail cell, Salvi releases a six-page letter that

accuses someone of tainting his ham sandwiches and grits and

supports a new currency for the Roman Catholic church, whose

members, he says, face wholesale persecution. He asks for the death

penalty if convicted, to become a priest if acquitted. He also asks

for an interview with Barbara Walters.

U.S. Marshals fly Salvi to Boston to face arraignment there as

Norfolk authorities set aside the local charge here.

Jan. 6:

Salvi pleads not guilty to federal firearms charges in Boston.

Jan. 9:

Salvi pleads not guilty to murder and attempted murder. He is

held without bail.

Feb. 15:

A Norfolk County (Mass.) grand jury indicts Salvi on murder and

armed assault charges after 12 days of testimony from 156 witnesses.

April 10:

Salvi's lawyers claim he is not competent to stand trial. A week

earlier, he had been sent to a state hospital for psychiatric


July 27:

Prosecutors cite passages from the book "The New World Order" by

religious broadcaster Pat Robertson to show that Salvi's beliefs

concerning a conspiracy against Roman Catholics are widespread and

not delusional.

Aug. 23:

Superior Court Judge Barbara Dortch-Okara finds Salvi comptetent

to stand trial. His lawyers plan to use an insanity defense.

Feb. 5, 1996:

Jury selection begins in the trial. Salvi faces two counts of

murder and five counts of assault with intent to murder. If found

not guilty by reason of insanity, Salvi will be sent to a state

mental hospital from which he will be released once the courts find

he is no longer a danger to society. Conviction will mean life in

prison without parole.

Feb. 7:

Salvi is restrained and carried from the courtroom in a fit of

anger after being told by the judge that he could no longer display

any writings before a newspaper photographer. "You will sit and you

will be quiet ... Do you understnad me, sir?'' Judge Barbara

Dortch-Okara says.

Feb. 23:

FBI Special Agent Michael Malone testifies that 100 cartridges, a

Boston-area map book highlighting women's health clinics, and images

of aborted fetuses were found insided Salvi's 1989 Toyota pickup

truck after he was arrested. Agents also found an envelope with

addresses that included the Hillcrest Clinic in Norfolk.

Feb. 28:

Salvi's father testifies his son for years demonstrated

destructive and bizarre behavior but that the father thought it was

just a phase the younger Salvi was going through.

March 14: The jury hear closing arguments in the case and gets

deliberation instructions from the judge.

March 18: Salvi is found guilty on all counts.


Shannon Lowney

Lee Ann Nichols

Hillcrest Clinic, Norfolk

Salvi, during the trial

Salvi is removed from court during jury selection Feb. 7, after a

fit of anger.