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   Northwest Florida Daily News (Newspaper) - March 10, 1995, Fort Walton Beach, Florida                                 mm  WEATHER  TODAY  Mostly sunny. High mid-60s; low 40-45. Northeast wind 10 mph/2A.  SPORTS  INSIDE  Jordan now testing his hoop skills  PAGE 1C  AF captain ready to fight court martial  PAGE 8A  INDEX  Business...............8C  Calendar...............3B  Classifieds.....80,110  Comics...............IOC  Crossword...........16E  Dear Abby.............4B  Editorials...............4 A  Local News...........IB  Movies.................14E  Obituaries..............2B  Public Record.......28  Showcase.............IE  Sports....................1C  TV Schedule.......16E  r  5 sections, SO pages Fort WtKon Baach. Fla  Copyright* 1995, The Daily News  FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 1995  'W'^V NORTHWEST FLORIDA  Dadv News  995 ir  50#  Crestview man faces charges  ■ Two decades after a man was slain in a drug deal gone awry, lawmen say they've got the goods on another of the suspects.  By PAM GOLDEN  Daily News Staff Writer  CRESTVIEW - A man questioned in connection with a Mobile County, Ala., slaying 21 years ago was charged in the case Wednesday.  Costan Larry "Old Man" Henderson, 50, of 1133 Farmer St., Crestview is accused of fatally shooting Jerry Lavon Wolfe on a secluded trail off Spice Pond Road  in Eight Mile, Ala., on Dec. 2, 1973. He was being held without bond in the Okaloosa County Jail Thursday. Henderson is charged with being a fugitive from justice on a warrant for murder from Mobile County.  "This is a perfect example of: No. 1, why you never give up on a case and. No. 2, why there's no statute of limitations on murder," Okaloosa County sheriffs spokes-  Please see CHARGES/11 A  Veteran investigator sees end to first slaying case  By PAM golden  Daily News Staff Writer  CRESTVIEW - Glen Barberree wanted to arrest Costan Larry Henderson and William Edward Churchill 21 years ago and charge them with killing Jerry Lavon Wolfe.  He got half his wish Wednesday when he arrested Henderson and charged him with being a fugitive from justice on a Mobile County, Ala., murder warrant accusing him in Wolfe's death. Churchill was arrested in Maryland.  "To know what I knew then and live with  Wolfe's death was Barberree's first slaying investigation. He'd been a , deputy for just 31 montlis. He knew Wolfe. He knew his family. For the last 21 years, Barberree's lived in the sanne town with the man who he believes killed Wolfe.  it all these years has been tough," Barberree said. "The evidence that we have now was needed back then. I just never knew when it would come up, .,. It was very frustrating."  The frustration ended last September, when two new leads surfaced almost simultaneously. One was handed directly to Bar-  Please see SLAYING/11A  Controversial detective testifies in Simpson trial  ■ Prosecutors use Fuhrman's time on the stand to launch a pre-emptive strike against 0.J.'s defense team.  Later, outside court, defense attorney F. Lee Bailey said he has a surprise witness he can use against Fuhrman. "Unfortunately, there was someone else present that he doesn't know about," Bailey said.  LOS ANGELES (ap) - The 0.J: Sinipson case entered its most explosive stage yet as Detective Mark Fuhrman took the stand Thursday and, under questioning from the prosecutor, promptly denied ever meeting a woman who accused him of racist remarks.  In Fuhrman's first moments in front of the mostly black jury, prosecutor Marcia Clark moved to preempt the expected defense assault on the detective, who has been cast by Simpson's lawyers as a racist who may have planted a bloody glove to frame the former football star.  Under Clark's questioning, Fuhrman said he was "nervous, reluctant" about testifying.  "Since June 13, it seems that i've seen a lot of the evidence ignored and a lot of personal issues come to the forefront," he said. "i think that's too bad."  Clark asked Fuhrman questions about a 1985 dispute involving Simpson and his ex-wife, then quickly brought up allegations from a Los Angeles-area woman, Kathleen Bell, that the white policeman made racist remarks in the mid-1980s.  "In 1985 and 1986, sir, can you tell us whether you knew someone or met someone by the name of Kathleen Bell?" Clark asked Fuhrman.  "Yes, i can tell you: I did not," he said firmly.  Shown a letter in which Bell outlined her allegations, Fuhrman said the conversation never took  place.  Later, outside court, defense attorney F. Lee Bailey said he has a surprise witness he can use against Fuhrman, "Unfortunately, there was someone else present that he doesn't know about," Bailey said.  After the tense start, the detective went on to testify about his role in the murder investigation the morning of June 13.  AP  Prosecuting attorney Marcia Clark and Los Angeles Police Detective iVIark Fuhrman review his police report from the night of the killings of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman, during the Simpson double-murder trial in Los Angeles on Thursday.  ligation.  Clark Hashed on a 7-foot screen Fuhrman's detailed, meticulously hand-printed notes on his inves-  Clark tried to point out that Fuhrman was almost always accompanied at the murder scene by other officers, including some who preceded him there and pointed out a glove and a ski cap near the bodies.  The Destin 10th Anniversary and City Hall Dedication will be from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. today at City Hall. Following the 4 p.m. ribbon cutting, guests will be allowed Inside for the slicing of a four-by-eight-foot cake and tours of the $1.4 million building.  Daily Newt DAVID LEE HARTLAGE  Destin looks to the future  ■ Developnnent is high on the list of challenges facing the community.  By PATRICK QILSENAN Daily Newt Stair Writer  DESTIN - "The iHiOple who live here have to n\ake a decision on how they Want to go," City Manager Philip Cook said on the eve of the city's lOth anniversary celebration.  The last decade has seen many accomplishments. The trials of establishing a government and taxing citizens are behind the city founders. What lies ahead are the issues that come with quch success.  Maintaining the tax base, regulating development and directing traffic flow in the face of an ever increasing tourist population ar« among the challenges  ahead. Witli  acres  .only 230 developable /«nd approximately 20  beach-front acres left in the  city's most heavily touristed areas, the balance between maintaining the character of Destin and allowing the development necessary to maintain city services will become increasingly difficult.  "There has to be room in an orderly development of the city for hotels, motels and ... single-family homes," said Councilman Bill Bradley.  Some residents, such as those in Crystal Beach, believe that development should center pri  marily around single-family homes and limited low-rise  Please see DESTIN/11A  Santa Rosa grand jury indicts Weils  ■ DeFuniak Springs man charged with the kidnapping and death of a Gulf Breeze store clerk.  By LARRY A. SULLIVAN  Daily News Staff Writer  MILTON - A DeFuniak Springs man was indicted Thursday in the kidnapping and death of Gulf Breeze store clerk Donna Susino Callahan almost six years after her disappearance.  William Alex Wells III, 27, an inmate in the Florida state prison system, will be arraigned in Santa Rosa County next week.  A grand jury returned the indictment about 4 p.m. Thursday, capping a two-day session that sources close to the case said was prompted by new information from informants in prison and elsewhere.  Wells was charged with premeditated felony murder, armed robbery, armed kidnapping and killing Callahan's unborn child.  Prosecutors are expected to seek the death penalty.  Authorities are taking the case to court even though Callahan's body has not been found.  Investigators are confident they found three previous grave sites in north Walton County but that Wells moved the body a fourth  William Alex Wells 111, 27, an inmate in the Florida state prison system, will be arraigned in Santa Rosa County next week.  time to an unknown location. The search for her remains will continue even though all leads have been checked, Larry Smith, special agent supervisor for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement^ said.  "This is a commitment we've made to the Susino family," Smith said. "Just because we're at this point now, we're not going to quit."  That was welcome news to Callahan's father, Ilobert Susino, who was at the Milton the indictment  WELLS  courthouse when was announced.  "My main concern and my wife's main concern is to get Donna's body and bury her like a human being," he said. "We hope  Please see WELLS/11 A  m  m  mm   

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