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Alton Telegraph Newspaper Archive: March 25, 1999 - Page 1

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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - March 25, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Off with Ms head Audiences should get a scare at The Rep PageCl 69 50 cents Season opener iMarquette i defeats jEAWR j PageBl The outlook Mostly sunny and High 49 low 28 PageiM March Picture This Couple finds way to turn hoboy into business PageDl mHmmm No mother would do 1 knew something wasnt right with Sims testifies By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Paula Sims says she had never heard of postpartum depression when she killed her baby daughters in 1986 and but now she believes it was the reason for the I knew something wasnt right with No mother would do something like she testified Wednesday dur ing a hearing in Madison County Circuit Court on a peti tion to grant her a new murder Her testimony was her first courtroom admission of the crimes and confirmed details she gave an author for a book about her in I decided to tell the truth in that I had actually done what I was convicted Sims I was in a state of denial But Im telling the truth Three defense witnesses tes tified Wednesday in support of Sims contention that she suf fered from mental illness at feenhit entically rphree defense witnesses testified 1 Wednesday in Support of Sims con tention that she suffered from mental illness at the time of the killings of her two the time of the a fac tor that her Donald never tried to take advantage of during her 1990 murder Alleged incompe tence of counsel is the primary ground under which she is seeking the new a former Alton resi is serving a life sentence the Dwight Correctional Center for the 1989 murder of her 6weekold and for obstruction of justice and concealment of a homicide in the 1986 death of her 13dayold At the Sims told authorities that her daughters were kidnapped by masked the first time while she was living near Brighton in and the second time in Alton in Loraleis body was found several days later in a pile of brush near the Heathers eventually was found in a trash can in West Sims said Wednesday that she stuck to the kidnapping story until after her 1990 con when she told the truth during a private courtroom meeting with Assistant Madison County States Attorney Don Weber and her Robert Until that she she never told the truth to including her He told me it didnt matter if I was guilty or if I kept my mouth he would get me out of Sims One of the defense witness Kathleen Hamill of the Illinois Appellate Public Defenders testified that she contacted Groshong in May 1989 to discuss the possi bility of using the postpartum depression defense with She had been researching the subject as part of a clemency petition for another who later became a fellow inmate of Sims at Groshong did not act on Hamills and it wasnt until three years later that Sims learned from her fellow inmate that the postpartum defense even she testi Prosecutor Rich Rybak pressed Sims about her mental state and the reasons for lying about the I lied to police although I believed In my mental ill I envisioned it and made See Page A9 The BARNES Paula Sims enters the Madison County Courthouse Wednesday for a hearing on her petition for a new By STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph staff writer An eighth gader was hit by a car and critically injured Wednesday crossing Godfrey Road North Middle John of was rushed by ambu lance to Saint Anthonys Center in Alton after hit then was flown by to Cardinal Glennon Childrens Hospital in Nursing supervisor Jane Kenton said the teenager was in critical condition at Cardinal The accident occurred about said North Middle School Principal Max See Page A9 Nose for drugs The SMITH Alton Police Department canine officer Tompall Gibson leads his partner Lex in a drug sweep through the halls of Alton High School The dog sniffed out Page A3 Lovers lane killer gets 24 years By SANFORD SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A woman was sentenced Wednesday to 24 years in prison for the butcher knife murder of a man in the lovers lane area of Rock Spring Park in Cory formerly of was sentenced Wednesday by Madison County Circuit Judge Charles Romani Butler pleaded guilty in December to first degree murder in the stabbing of Kevin of Creson and Butler went to the lovers lane area to have but Butler pulled a knife from her stabbed Creson 15 times and slit his police She stole Cresons money and cellular telephone before fleeing to Creson claimed the stabbing was in self but police painted a different It was the most brutal murder I have ever Alton police Detective Scott Golike testi fied during Butlers sentencing hearing See Page A9 Good Morning tt 1 Bulletin Board Business Classifieds D5 Horoscope Walters Scoreboard B2 NATO pounds Yugoslavia Yugoslavia AP Wave after wave of NATO warplanes and missiles struck Yugoslavia pummeling army power plants and air defense batteries in an effort to force the countrys defiant leader to cease his onslaught against Kosovo The NATO attack came after months of diplomacy failed to end a year of fighting between Yugoslav forces and ethnic Albanian separatists that has killed more than people and left more than Clinton calls assault a moral imperative Stealth bomber debuts Page C5 homeless in a Yugoslav Yugoslavia declared a state of war shortly after the first stepping up the mobi lization of Nebojsa comman der of Yugoslav troops in said 40 targets were hit in the first waves but that damage was Explosions resounded in Kosovos capital of Pristina starting at and the city of was plunged into dark ness when the electricity The official Tanjug news agency reported four heavy blasts in the including three from the area of Slatina See Page A9 Air base Army garrison Naval base 25 SIONEBMKER BonAin WEEKEND BANDS 26 FANTASY Saturday Sunday 27 28 FLUID DRIVE   

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