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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 12, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas Texas 1 AV New Braunfels New Texas HeraldZeituno QO 1 c 1 THURSDAY May 25 cents 92 94 16 Sections USPS 377880 Jury convicts Ortiz of murder charge By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer An emotional Juan Ramon found guilty of murder took the stand Thursday and denied killing an El Salvadoran national last July You heard the testimony from those who said you beat and tortured and killed their you recognize those people Defense attorney Charles Gate Ortiz said he had never done any of those and didnt know those who testified against him for a week and a Ortiz is charged with killing Ramon one of four El Salvadorans who were bound and shot at close range along the Brazos River last The defendant cried when asked if he had been a party to the July I have my my I dont want any Ortiz ad cling he had been threatened by a convicted member of the Los Tejas smuggling He told me I might leave but not the The guilty verdict Wednesday came after less than two hours of and over four hours of closing Fort Bend County Assistant District Attorney Don Bankston used lyrics from a Willie Nelson song to make his point in closing Bankston told the jury of seven women and five The songs about ol fashioned and the lyrics If youre gonna you gotta pay the Its time for Ortiz to pay the band for killing Ramon Theres another song that comes to mind In this case The Eyes of Theyre on Bankston There are eight more eyes on you In Nuevo The Los Tejas gang wants to know if theres going to be a red light to their Perhaps Ramon Turclos should not have availed himself access here the way he but he sure didnt deserve to die for Be and find this man guilty of Gate pleaded with the jury to judge the credibility of the states and accused the state of coaching Its If a quarterback Is suspected of you dont go out and prosecute the third stringer sitting on the lie And thats the best the state can come up with In this case Is Juanlllo was a third and was seen talking to the gang leader on July This Is and thank god we have a greater burden of proof than Gate also questioned why the Houston Police Department or Ha Chlcano Squad didnt take over the Maybe you have to figure they have a level of expertise to know that some things arent worth fooling IagiHA Campers swept away in Pedernales River The protest intensifies DRIPPING Texas AP Searchers today resumed their search of the debrislittered banks of the Pedernales where they found the body of one of three boys caught In a midnight flash flood as they camped with their counselor from a home for troubled The counselor and a Houston man camping on the opposite side of the river also werc reported missing after the flood Wednesday The winding Hill Country river crested at 20 feet above normal early Wednesday authorities Camping equipment was found stuck In trees high above the rivers The youths and counselor were part of a 16 member group from the Hope Center for Youth of Apple near Lufkln in East The home is a nonprofit home for troubled said director Lyndon who was summoned from The body was identified as that of 12year old Jamie Hendrlck of Blanco County Sheriff Sherman Brodbeck Identified the other missing youth group members as Jeremy of John 12 of and counselor Harold age of The body was found about three miles downstream from where the youths had said Blanco County sheriffs dispatcher Jenny When we camped out there was heavy to light We didnt think much about any Langford They were having to drag their canoes yesterday because of low water in the In searching for the youths and authorities discovered three more campers on the opposite side of the river who reported that a Houston man who camped out nearby also was His car was found near where he said lie would be park officials but he was not further Sec Page 8A Tax hearing tonight NBISD to propose rate Staff ilmlo ItyJotin A motorcyclist takes a glance at the picketers at the Courthouse Thursday By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer Tonights your chance if youve got anything to say about the proposed tax rate for the New Braunfels Independent School A public hearing to discuss the proposed rate per valuation will be held at 8 in the library of New Braunfels High The official tax rate for the 198384 school year will not be until the school board meets on May Of the school trustees propose that cents go for the districts maintenance and operation and cents go for bonded That bonded indebtedness now Includes the addition of million In new bonds which were approved by voters In May 3rd On that a majority of the record voter turnout approved the threeissue ballot which called for the construction of a new elemen tary renovations to current alrcondltloning all schools and the con struction of a new administrative The addition of the million to the districts bonded indebtedness added ap proximately 20 cents to the proposed tax District officials were estimating a proposed tax rate of 70 cents had voters not approved all three ballot The rate will bring in a little bit more revenue than last years 87cent tax NBISD Business Manager Lonnle Curtis said Hes estimating that the new rate will bring in slightly less than 3 percent more than this years local tax revenue which amounted to Curtis said the rate will bring In approximately ItigeHA MALDEF to help local committee The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund MALDEF has stepped Into the protest with legal support for the Committee of Justice for Alls special prosecutor MALDEF filed an nmlcus curiae brief Wednesday in support of tho Committees motion for the ap pointment of an attorney pro turn to prosecute the remaining three in voluntary manslaughter Indictments against William Dale A hearing Is set for Monday for Judge Robert Pfeuffcr to rule on that Savage was sentenced to 10 years probation April 14 for the death of Ruben Sauceda Saucedas pregnant wife and their two small children were also killed by Savages District Attorney Bill Schroedcr has refused to pursue the remaining Indictments against Savage Schroeder has opened the door for theAttorney Generals Office to take a look at the If Judge Pfeuffcr agrees to appoint a prosecutor brief The genius of the American criminal justice system lies In Its ability to protect the rights of the accused while punishing the That system can not operate when the states attorney refused to But the common law has provided a means for putting the criminal justice system back on track through the judiciarys power to appoint a special The brief cited niimormous cases where the court had the authority under common law to appoint a special then without a this community will remain The brief the grand Jury who Indicted Savage had IageKA V J ipommunicatlons between Inside Todays Weather Pilot error Skies should become partly cloudy by af with warm temperatures and winds from the southeast at 1016 miles per The same conditions will prevail on Tonight will be cloudy with a 30 percent chance of and winds near 10 Sunset today will be sunrise Friday No Stocks Due to problems with the typesetting equip ment at the we are unable to bring you the selected quotations from the New York Stock Exchange Reports say pilot flying too low for visual flight The pilot of the plane that crashed south of town Monday was not licensed to fly by instruments alone as could be needed in limited visibility according to The night of the In which four outoftown persons were the National Weather Service reported that New Braunfels was masked In heavy fog and misty The crash occured shortly before midnight when a small singleengine plane clipped a power caught fire and crashed In a wheat field 500 yards from Interstate 35 near Schwab Witnesses told the Department of Public Safety that the piloted by San Antonio attorney Galen was attempting to land on the highway when It hit the volt power Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 Friday at Bethel Memorial Park In San Antonio for Rabbi Sam Stahl will of according to Doeppenschmidt Funeral which the initial According to preliminary reports from the National Transportation Safety Board the agency which will determine the cause of the accident was flying as low as 75 to 100 feet above ground prior to the Prior to leaving San Gilbert told friends that hewould he trying to follow the road 1H and fly below the clouds and Department of Public Safety John Narramore According to FAA visual flight planes need to be at least 600 feet above any object on the ground and visibility should be at least three said an in vestigator with the National Tran sportation Safety If these conditions cannot be pilots should be licensed to fly by Instruments Gilbert did not have that type of FAA Supervisor Bob Hazlett of the San Antonio operations office said But when asked if Gilbert had violated FAA Hazlett said 1 cant give an answer as long as the Investigation Is In Preliminary Investigations by tin FAA and safety board sluiwid no engine problems with tin1 slngli engine Cessna both Johnson and Hazlett According to eyewitness the flaming plane flew about yards before crushing into the after it hit thu power an attorney and part time amateur was flying back to San Antonio from Marcos when the crash He and one of his Kaymmonii Pedrazlne 24 of had performed at the Monkey Bar night club in San The two other passengers ac companying them were Anthony Earl of La Vornla and Maria of San Johnson Is currently working on his report of the facts of the accident which will be turned over to his The Investigator said it will be at least a couple of months before his report is
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