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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - January 23, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                Vol 164 No 8 50 cents The big Ju ActionTax is business owners dream come true PagelM SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 fc v Saturday January 23 1999 Boys basketball EHS61 Granite City 45 CM 61 RoxanaSl Whitney Young 74 Alton 67 TIM outlook Cloudy with a chanceofrain Rooms with a view life woods I beauty PageC1 Teen guilty in beating death By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Jurors who convicted an Alton teen ager of murder Friday night cried with him when the ver dict was read Taiwan M Davis 17 was found guilty of firstdegree murder in the Aug 11 mob Defendant and jurors cry over verdict beating death of Richard Skelton 48 of Wood River He was the first to go on trial in the killing The jury of six men and six women deliberated for 2Va hours At least five jurors showed visible signs of emo tion as they were led from the courtroom of Associate Judge James Hackett The devils in these Davis sobbed as he was whisked into a courthouse ele vator by sheriffs deputies after the verdict Jurors said later that they wished they had been given an alternative to the murder charge perhaps involuntary manslaughter which would have carried with it a much lesser penalty than the likely 20to 60year sentence that Davis will face later this year Involuntary manslaughter would have been defense attorney Eric Vickers said His act was reckless and there should be some He said he plans to appeal the verdict Assistant States Attorney See GUILTY Page A7 Sen Byrd calls for dismissal of all charges Three charged in Kafka killing WASHINGTON AP An influential Senate Democratic elder abruptly called for dis missal of charges against President Clinton Friday to end this sad and sorry time for our jolfing the impeachment trial as defense lawyers and prosecutors argued the case under ques tioning from senators Sen Robert C Byrds state ment underscored Clintons strength among Democrats as the Senate moves toward test votes on articles of impeach ment alleging perjury and obstruction of justice Some Republicans talked of trying to find an exit strategy from the twoweek trial but several predicted any effort to end the proceedings early next week as Byrd urged would fail in a near partyline vote I dont know of any Republicans who will vote to said Sen Charles Grassley RIowa Republicans command a 55 45 majority in the Senate and if united can win any test vote on which a simple majority prevails But Byrd who once said his vote on Clinton could go either way said and one House prosecutor agreed that the twothirds majority it would take to convict the president did not exist in the Senate And Byrd went a step fur ther saying It is notlikely to See BYRD Page A7 Carjacking believed motive The MACKIE Edwardsville Director of Police Bennett Dickmann and Madison County States Attorney William Maine announce the arrest of three men in the Dec 22 killing of Michael A Kafka of Edwardsville WORTH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Three men were charged Friday with two counts each of first degree murder in last months slaying of an Edwardsville man during an attempted car jacking outside his home The three are charged with the Dec 22 killing of Michael A Kafka of the 1400 block of Madison Avenue in Edwardsville The Telegraph has learned that one of the suspects was in custody at the Edwardsville Police Department briefly on the night of the killing being questioned about a telephoned bomb threat that investigators believe was a diversion The suspects charged are Jeremy G Harris of the first See KAFKA Page A7 Footloose Pupils who were being rewarded for their good behavior since October watch the performance Friday of Footloose a jump rope team of students from five schools in OFallon in Central Elementary School in Roxana The BADMAN Good Morning Bulletin Board A6 Classifieds C5 Editorial Horoscope 04 C2 Obituaries Carpunky Ghose Jacobs Kessinger Leonardt List Lowder LucKer Pruitt Withrow Young AHS director to lead AllState band By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON One of the areas best known band directors will conduct some of the states top young musi cians next week David Drillinger band director at Alton High School will direct 160 members of the AllState band during the Illinois Music Educators Associations AllState Music Festival The association is a member of the Music Educators National Conference The annual festival which will be held in the Peoria Civic Center runs from Thursday through Saturday Jan 30 Some 300 band orchestra and chorus students participate Drillinger said he was nominated for the honor last year by fellow IMEA District 5 band members Its a great honor for a band direc tor in he said It is a once inalifetime Band students compete during sev eral levels of tryouts throughout the fall to be selected to participate in the See BAND Page A7 The SMITH David Drillinger band director at Alton High School meets with baritone saxophone player Heather Baumberger a freshman in the school band room New Hours MonSat Sam 7pm Sunday   

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