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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 16, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas Texas womble Comp m A M I I Witness says Felder admitted murdering Slate By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer A defense motion for an instructed verdict was denied Thursday mor ning by presiding Judge Fred Moore in the murder trial of Michael Ross Defense Attorney John Chunn filed the saying the testimony of George Tooper Wood Wednesday should be regarded accomplice testimony by and should be looked upon with Chunn also said the balance of the testimony failed to prove the states charge that Michael Felder killed Clifton James Slate on or about May Slates skeletal remains were found in a wooded area near a ranch off Bear Creek Road in Comal The property at that owned by Felders but has since been Slate was reported missing to Palestine authorities on May Testimony in the trial has indicated Felder and Slate were seen together on May 19 at the Triple Crown Saloon in Travis County Medical Examiner Roberto Bayardo testified Wed nesday that he conducted an autopsy on the skeletal remains on 23 in Using an anatomic model of a skeleton hanging from a Bayardo illustrated to the jury which bones were The complete and the upper and lower jawbones were At the base of the skull was a twoinch fracture containing lead he Most of the spinal cord and all of the neck the pelvis and leg bones were The upper fifth spinal vertebrae had lead fragments in The left collarbone was but half of the right side was The other half was The small bones in the hands and feet were also But there were only 22 ribs left one missing from each and the first rib had lead particles in Bayardo said his ruling was that death occurred by a shotgun blast to the back of the head and The highlight of the trial came Wednesday afternoon with the testimony of George Tooper who Felder told I shot That was on May according to Woods He told me he got early that and shot Slate in the back while he was sleeping at the He told Deanne Felder to go lock the front and she helped him Felder drag the body to the back of Mikes Wood He said they drove to the back dragged the body through a hole in the and left it Wood I asked him about the He told me not to That only us three knew about and that animals would cat him Wood testified a few days later Felder called him and asked him to help get rid of Cliffs which was at a public boat ramp at Canyon Felder and his wife unloaded Slates threw Slates personal belongings and clothing in a dumpster at a nearby convenience and drove to South Padre I followed Mike and Deanne in my They were in Cliffs Wood We stayed at three different motels that We took the car to a Mike wrote a note and left it inside the and we took In Chunn hammered Why didnt you go to the authorities right away Isnt it a fact the law came looking for you I didnt go right because it was my word against And See Page 16 LILI New Braunfels New Texas 182 Strike stops at Chrysler Zeitung 16 Pages THURSDAY September 25 cents USPS 377880 HIGHLAND AP Chrysler and the United Auto Workers reached tentative agreement today on a new but not before thousands of Chrysler workers walked off their jobs when a midnight strike deadline This tentative agreement achieves our principal goal to start the Chrysler workers on the long road back to parity with workers at General Motors and UAW President Douglas Fraser and Vice President Marc Stepp Chrysler trying to help keep the company from agreed to concessions two years ago that left them about an hour behind their counterparts General Motors and Ford Motor Fraser said the new Chrysler which he called would reduce the dif ference to about an I dont think its going to be an easy ratification because it is a modest he said at a news So I suppose its a question of convincing the mem We couldnt have gotten anything better without a prolonged The first step in the ratification process will be to present the agreement Friday to the unions Chrysler comprised of top local union officials from around the Thomas Chrysler vice president of industrial said after the final 21hour marathon agreement was See Page 16 Taking over Israelis control West Beirut Lebanon AP Under cover of rnock jet Israeli tanks and troops battled leftist militiamen for control of west Beirut but by midafternoon fighting died down to occasional cannon and Christian radio stations said leftist militiamen had agreed to stop but leftist radio stations said resistance would continue unabated against the Earlier reports incorrectly said the radio of the the largest militia of Lebanese Moslem announced the leftists had agreed not to confront the Israel announced it controlled all key points in west and Lebanons Moslem prime Shafik called for urgent help to end what he called Israels conquest of the war shattered The Israelis began their push into PLO strongholds of west Beirut early hours after the assassination of Presidentelect Bashir They said they launched the drive to keep leftist militiamen from teaming up with Palestinian guerrillas still in the city and launching a new wave of They met resistance from leftists firing automatic rifles androcket propelled but the Tel Aviv command said today that its forces had fought their way past the leftists and guerrillas and controlled all key The communique called on citizens to return to normal ac tivities and on all terrorists and other armed persons to lay clown their Hi Staff photos by Cindy Richardson Democratic wingding Despite the local Democrats turned out Wednesday for a rally and picnic at Hueco Above county chairmanelect Tom holding his son discusses party matters and other upcoming Above Kendra Reimer chomps into a chicken Lower State Bennie Bock II chats with John the Democratic candidate to succeed who did not seek re Streets get top billing for revenue sharing funds Inside By DYANNE FRY Staff writer Street projects have the lions share of City Manager Delashmutts proposed revenue sharing budget for He wants to allocate to street overlay priority He has also proposed purchasing a asphalt pavement laydown which would enable the city to do some of the street work thats previously been hired out to Federal revenue sharing funds available this year come to Delashmutts ideas for making the most of it will be presented to City Council on After a public hearing at that council will make the final Unless Congress makes some changes in Washington next this may be the last revenue sharing budget New Braunfels will have to The amended Federal Revenue Sharing Act runs out this and the trend in todays federal government is to let states and municipalities mind their own In putting together the proposed the city staff sifted through a stack of requests from its own departments and miscellaneous commissions and civic One fire department request for a training tower and land exceeded the total funds The department also asked for two triplecombination trucks estimated cost and a qujckresponse grass and brush Delashmutt did recommend purchasing the grass The police departments wish list included for additional and to enlarge and improve the station and jail Delashmutt is proposing to improve traffic signals at two intersections Union and San and Seguin and Budget requests included improvement of four at a total cost of New Braunfels Tennis and Softball associations both put in requests for lights on playing The proposed budget includes for the tennis courts and for the Camp Comal softball The budget allots each to the Landa Recreation Community Service Senior Citizens Comal County Mental HealthMental Retardation Home Health Teen Connection and the Dittlinger Memorial Library book Todays Weather Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers andor thundershowers this The chance of rain will reduce to 20 percent and con tinue with partly cloudy skies Winds will be easterly near 10 mph and light and variable Sunset will be at and sunrise Friday will be at Strike talk Enjoy professional football while you can the National Football League Players Association plans to call a strike for just two weeks into the NFL See Page TV Court seeks state ruling on disputed election The county isnt convinced that any wrongdoing occured during the May Republican But if anything did occur or if something is wrong with the countys voting Commissioners Court wants to know what it should do about For this County Attorney Bill at the courts has sent a letter to the Texas Secretary of States office asking for its The investigation into the countys voting system and voting laws was prompted by Canyon Lake businesswoman Lois who was defeated in the May GOP primary in the precinct 4 county commissioners Duggan lost that race to her fellow GOP Bill George by 19 As the vote stands George is set to run against the incumbent precinct 4 a On Duggan appeared in Commissioners Court asking that it consider calling for a state in vestigation of 43 absentee ballots cast last April from River a local facility for the mentally Duggan questioned whether River Garden residents could legally vote since she election codes didnt specifically outline voting rules for mentally deficient She also pointed out that a selfemployed and his wife Bea are limited partners in River Duggan also questioned the legalities involved in one person assisting River Gardens residents in their voter registration for absentee She said this one who assisted the residents in their was employed at River Gardens at the Commissioners postponed taking action on Duggans request at first because County Judge Max Wom See Page 16
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