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Brownsville Herald (Newspaper) - November 4, 1892, Brownsville, Texas BROWNSVíLlí H c ra I ò TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2003 BORN THE FOURTH JULY 1892 50 CENTS Rubio's family takes the stand Decapitation trial: Defense expected to claim Camacho's testimony was coerced. UZA LONGORU/THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD John Allen Rubio's mother testifies Monday at the Cameron County Courthouse. Rubio is on trial for the murder of three small children. BY DAVID ROBLEDO THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD The trial seeking justice from John Allen Rubio for the March murders of three children took several turns Monday, starting with the defendant's mother testifying that Rubio heard voices and saw shadows early in his problem-ridden childhood — and ending with the defense accusing Brownsville police of coercing a story from the slain children's mother Angela Camacho that would contradict Rubio's claim of insanity. Rubio, 23, faces the death penalty if convicted of killing and decapitating 3-year-old Julissa Quezada, 1-year-old John Esthefan Rubio and 2-month-old Mary Jane Rubio. Camacho, 23 — who confessed to holding down at least two of the children while A Living Memorial Tracy Holt, left, Kevin Milam, Mia Cox, Dana Nicole Milam and Jan Gallagher throw their leis over board from the Osprey on Monday, in honor of Dana Milam. Five families took part in a ceremony to honor deceased members of their families who will be buried seven miles MUD DOHEKIY/THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD off shore from South Padre Island in a memorial reef. Ashes of the deceased are mixed with concrete, made into reef balls and placed on the sea floor to create the artificial reef. Rough seas prevented divers from placing the actual reef balls in the gulf. Valley residents' ashes used in creating marine habitat BY JEANNIE FLOYD THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD PORT ISABEL — Patty Barrett cradled a basketball-sized concrete sphere in her hand. Peering through holes in the monument were freshly clipped roses and sunflowers in pink and gold. Barrett held the sphere in her arms, paused for a second or two and released her treasure into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. "This is what she would have wanted," she said. Deborah Barrett, Patty's older sister, died four months ago. The 55-year-old Edinburg resident always had an interest in ecology, and as her last wish, wanted her ashes to be scattered in the ocean. "She always liked the beach," Patty Barrett said. Instead of scattering the PLEASE SEE MEMORIAL, A9 Rubio decapitated them — is also charged with the killings but awaits a determination of her mental competence. Rubio's mother, Hilda Barrientes, offered an emotional story of her son's problem childhood, as he grew up with an alcoholic father who beat Rubio — and her as well — and was groomed for the life of a prostitute by Barrientes herself. "I did tell him it was OK ... for him to be a prostitute," Barrientes testified. She said she encouraged Rubio to make money by soliciting sex from men and old women. She said Rubio was not able to keep a job, and that prostitution could help him pay the bills. Barrientes said she was a prostitute for a few years, and frequently smoked crack cocaine. Barrientes — small and wiry with dark, sun-browned skin — broke down in tears in 138th state District Court as she related the tough times PLEASE SEE RUBIO, A9 Fox: Immigration overhaul a low U.S. priority BY MARION LLOYD THE BOSTON GLOBE MEXICO CITY — With the White House consumed with the war in Iraq and next year's presidential elections, Mexico has no choice but to scale back its hopes for sweeping immigration changes that would benefit millions of Mexicans working illegally in the United States, President Vicente Fox said Monday. "We shouldn't build unrealistic expectations. We should keep our feet planted firmly on the ground," Fox told foreign correspondents on the eve of a 3-day trip to Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. The remarks showed just how far Mexico's political clout has fallen since Fox's triumphant visit to Washington in early September 2001, when immigration overhaul appeared within reach. Since then, Washington has been consumed with sealing off the borders, rather than legaliz- PLEASE SEE FOX, A9 Keralum's church history impresses Vatican priest BY TRAVIS M. WHITEHEAD THE MONITOR EDINBURG — The Rev. Peter Keralum, a legendary traveling priest who designed many of the early Catholic churches in the area, now is commanding the respect of Vatican officials. The Rev. Nicholas Ferrara, postulator for the beatification/canonization of Keralum, met earlier this year with David MyCue, curator of archives and collections at the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg, to learn more about Keralum. MyCue said Ferrara called him last week. "They were all very impressed with the information about this priest from families that have kept their devotion over 100 years, from the Cano family in Mercedes and from the Fernandez family at Ibluca Ranch," MyCue said. "They were very impressed with the devotion that still lingers down here from the people they talked to over in Roma and Rio Grande City." Another clergyman who PLEASE SEE KERALUM, A9 Leaflets warned of 'modern' attacks BY CHARLES J. HAHLEY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD, Iraq — A blast near a holy Shiite Muslim shrine in the city of Karbala on Monday killed three people and injured 12, witnesses said. Meanwhile, in Baghdad, a string of mortar blasts struck near downtown after siinset. The violence came a day after insurgents shot down a U.S. transport helicopter west of Baghdad, killing 16 Americans and wounding 21 in a dramatic show of increasing sophistication in their attacks. Only two days before that strike, leaflets seen in mosques in the Fallu-jah area warned of new at-acks using "modern and advanced methods." In Baghdad, five strong explosions were heard in quick succession at about 9:10 p.m., and it appeared the blasts were coming from the western side of the Tigris River. Soon after, the U.S military command reported three or four mortar impacts in central Baghdad. It did not report any casualties or give details on damage. The Karbala blast PLEASE SEE IRAQ, A6 Sgt. John Davies of the 720th Military Police Battalion, right, searches a truck Monday at Highway 1 outside ofTikrit, 120 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq., as Iraqi women look on. The battalion, assisted by Iraqi police, was searching for contraband weapons that could be used by guerrillas, a routine operation that has taken on added urgency since insurgents shot down a Chinook helicopter with a missile, killing 16 soldiers and wounding 20 others. IVAN SEKRETAREV/ THE ASSOCIATED PRESS low 74' I.-!' Ml- Good Morning! in Southern Cameron County SPORTS Increased numbers propel St. Joseph's swimming program B1 > Valley citrus beginning to hit the market A2 > Judge moves player death lawsuit to Waco A5 > California evacuees return to homes, ashes A6 0 Abby..........................B7 Amusements..............B7 ft ^ Calendar....................A4 Classified....................B8 WHAT'S INSIDE Comics........................B6 Community................A4 Editorial ....................A8 Entertainment..........A7 Horoscope..................B7 Obituaries..................A6 Southmost................A5 Sports.......................B1 VOL 112, NO. 124 O 2003 THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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