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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 17, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas Texas Felder convicted of murder jury mulls punishment By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer Michael Ross was found guilty of murder after more than three hours of deliberation by a Comal County jury The which retired at 10 Friday to determine Folders was still deliberating at press The possible range of punishment by law is five to 99 years in the Texas Department of and a fine up to If the punishment is 10 years or probation may be granted at the recommendation of the Felder was found guilty of mur dering Clifton James a former Palestine on or about May The states George Tooper testified that Felder told I shot and asked his help in getting rid of Slates car the following Memorial Day Slates skeletal remains were found in a wooded area near a ranch off Bear Creek The property at one owned by the Felder but has since been Slate was reported missing to Palestine police on May and was last seen in this A shotgun blast to the back of the head and back was ruled the cause of death by the Travis County chief medical Felder was subsequently indicted for the offense by a Comal County Grand Jury on Closing arguments Friday of the punishment phase which began around Thursday were spiced with emotion and tears from the defendant and his Defense attorney John Chunn told the jury Friday that it had already Issued the worst possible punishment with its guilty That alone is the most devastating punishment you could give Mike Chunn Mike is eligible for which would mean he has the keys of the penitentiary hanging over his head at all Chunn District Attorney Bill Schroeder closed with these arguments Chunn would have you think that we get a guilty verdict and cut it from It is time to set aside all this garbage about compassion to those who step outside the Chunn has asked you for compassion compassion for whom Schroeder What about the victim Wasnt he the one who was really destroyed Schroeder concluded his punish ment recommendation was 60years in He That is the kind of sentence that will say we will not tolerate In the initial stages of the punishment phase Thursday af Schroeder called a Brazos County prosecutor and two law enforcement officers to the witness stand to begin the punishment All three witnesses testified that Felders reputation as a peaceful and lawabiding citizen was Chunn solicited testimony from Felders mother and a local a Canyon Lake convenience store a school a See Page 1C New Braunfels New Texas 183 16 Pages FRIDAY September 25 cents USPS 377880 prepares to haul off the truck in which Philip Palmer was killed Two killed on IH 35 A wrecker By DYANNE FRY Staff writer Two men died in onecar accidents in Comal County The wrecks were separated in time by 12 but they occurred within two miles of each north of New Braunfels on IH Harold Marshall Michelson of New Braunfels was pronounced dead a quarter mile north of Conrads Road at after being thrown 48 feet from his rolling Eighteenyearold Philip Palmer of San Antonio was killed at five miles north of thrown 127 feet from his own A state highway trooper said was southbound on driving in the inside lane and passing cars at a high rate of His green Ford truck went off the road to the then turned back to the rolling across the two lanes of trafficaiid coming to rest in a ditch at The troopers report said the truck rolled once at the center once at the right side of the road and once in the of 886 was pronounced dead at the scene by Howard Justice of the Peace precinct Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral victim of the other ac was at the wheel of a Chevrolet pickup belonging tohis Karam His two young Tedro Navejar and Anthony were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital and later They had some a hospital spokeswoman but it wasnt anything that would keep them in the The two young both San Antonio were to seek followup medical treatment at This truck was heading north on away from New Palmer reportedly was driving on the grass passing cars in the inside lane of After ap proximately three of lie lost control of the back onto the theft off into the median where it The driver was but his passengers remained in the Palmer was taken to Doep penschmidt after being pronounced dead by precinct 1 Peace Justice Harold His body was later transferred to Oak Hills Comal County Fair rolls back prices to 1979 levels By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer Its not often you hear of prices coming back but they have this year at the And the community has itself to thank for Next what is claimed to be the largest county fair in Texas will open its gates out at the Comal County Directors of the county fair association have this year taken a step back in time by reducing admission prices and by holding the line on drink The price reduction is a result of the tremendous effort of the volunteer workers at the fair without whose help there would be no said Jim fair association With the economy going up and in view of our competition with other we decided wed rather go down in prices than he said in a telephone interview The main idea is to get people to come and to satisfy people its their fair and it has a lot to Wilson Admission to the grounds this year will be for with children under age 12 getting in free The rodeo will cost adults and children Box seats are Racing admission prices are the same as for the Parking will be per and soda water and wine coolers will be 75 60 cents and Admission to the dances will be per Few changes are planned in this years which will run from 22 to Its just about the Wilson Nightly dancing will be offered in the Comal Horse racing is scheduled to start at 2 Saturday and Sunday and the rodeo will be held at 8 Friday and agricultural and arts and crafts exhibits will be open daily on the fair Thirteen civic organizations plan to sell a variety foods and beverages on the grounds The traditional pet and fair parade is set for 9 Friday 24 in downtown New In the annual fair queens contest will be held Sunday 19 at New Braunfels High School at Wilson credited Robert Van Frank Suhr and Gene all directors of the fair for their efforts in increasing community in more community involvement is still Anyone wishing to volunteer their time should call Van Suhr or at 625 6330 or Pushing on Israelis crush leftist militia Soviets claim embassy taken Lebanon AP Israeli tanks today crushed the last major Lebanese militia resistance to their occupation of west Beirut in defiance of demands to and Russian diplomats said Israeli troops had occupied the Swiet Em bassy in the Lebanese But the Israeli army command in Tel Aviv We deny officially that we took over the Soviet Embassy in Three Israeli armored personnel carriers were posted outside the highwalled embassy but the soldiers would not talk to A group of Soviet diplomats came to a back door at the embassy and speaking broken told Western reporters They Israelis occupied the buildings of our consulate and living and they are taking everything in this He claimed the Israelis entered the grounds with a damaging the gate and three It was unclear when the incident and there was no apparent damage to two of the embassys Now they are sitting at the room of the consul with machine and what can we he We but they didnt do He said the ambassador was in the embassy and Moscow had been Among the key positions taken by Israeli forces Thursday was the area around the Soviet complex in the Mazraa shopping district and in the highrise building of Moscows Narodny Bank in Hamra Earlier there was speculation that several leftist militia leaders had taken refuge in the Soviet compound before the Israelis firmed their grip on the central shopping NBC news reported a film crew went to the scene but saw no unusual Beirut newspapers said Israeli forces seized the Iranian Embassy building at the seaside Jnah neighborhood on ripping down portraits of Irans revolutionary patriarch Ayatollah Ruhollah War correspondents reported today that Israeli tanks and troops flushed out diehard members of the Mourabitoun militia after a threehour then searched housetohouse for weapons and blared warnings in Arabic to hiding gunmen to surrender their The Lebanons most powerful armed leftist Moslem fought alongside Palestine Liberation Organization guerrillas during Israels 14weekold invasion of State radio said shells aimed at the Mourabitoun headquarters ignited several fires nearby in the Abu Shaker neighborhood on the edge of Corniche Correspondents reported the fall of Abu Shaker eliminated the last serious resistance to Israels twodayold sweep into west The Mourabitouns Voice of Arab Lebanon radio station was off the and telephone calls to the leftists command post went The state radio said the Israelis moved an ad ditional 150 tanks into west Beirut overnight as highflying Israeli jets dropped flares that lit up the sky over the occupied Moslem half of the Lebanese By nightfall the Israelis commanded most of west but witnesses said fighting continued in the Moslem neighborhoods of Barbir and Tarik The combatants clashed in darkness because of an unexplained power Both neighborhoods are strongholds of the Lebanons largest leftist militia which was allied with the Palestine Liberation Organization in opposing the 14weekold Israeli invasion of Philippines leader to face human rightsquestions WASHINGTON AP After receiving an ef fusive welcome from President Philip pines President Ferdinand Marcos is going to Capitol Hill where he faces both praise and criticism of his human rights I think they have made great Reagan said Thursday when asked about the Philippines human rights That sentiment is not universally shared in the Senate Foreign Relations which in vited Marcos for a late morning meeting today after his appearance before the House Foreign Affairs who spent several hours with Reagan on is here on a fiveday state Three Democratic members of the Senate committee Claiborne Pell of Rhode Alan Cranston and California and Paul Tsongas of Massachusetts sent Reagan a letter on Monday saying it was a mistake for the president to have invited The letter said Marcos visit will be misin terpreted as a sign that the United States condones continuing violations of basic human rights in the most members of both committees appear to share the administrations position that human rights trends in the Philippines are favorable and that continued friend ship serves vital American One reflection of this sentiment is that military and economic aid to the amounting to more than million has not come under serious congressional challenge on human rights As examples of progress on human the administration has cited the lifting of press cen sorship and an end to a ban on Human See Page 16 Inside Today8 Weather U will be partly cloudy tonight and with a 20 percent chance of thun Winds will be from an easterly direction near 10 mph and light and variable Sunset will be at and sunrise Saturday will be at 1 15 ENTERTAINMENT HOROSCOPE REUQIQUS WEATHER
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