New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, February 5, 1984, Page 10

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 5, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas UA Now Braunfels HersW-ZWfu/rfir Sunday, February 5,1984 Woman gets life in husband's murder March of Dimes ■■■■birth defects foundation■■■ RICHMOND (AP) - A former Bey City helrdroeeer convicted of arranging her Ta murder so she could collect in insurance was sentenced Saturday to life In prison. Frances Turner was convicted of capital ■airBar in the March ll, IMI, slaying of Bar haaband Robert, a 41-year-old oil company consultant. Xiii panel deliberated 15 hours over two Ays before returning its guilty verdict Friday but took only 40 minutes to decide Aa deserved a life sentence instead of death by Injection. Mrs. Turner, 40, will be eligible for parole in 20 years. Prosecutor Don Bankston told jurors the Turner's death was “a crime of unspeakable violence, motivated by greed and explained by deceit." He said Turner had been stabbed 66 times by Michael Hunter, 25, who was hired by Mrs. Turner, Bankston said. ‘ Hunter, who received a 30-year prison sentence as part of a plea bargain, testified he took synthetic heroin and tranquilizers, then hid in a roadside park west of Houston. When the Turners stopped at the park, as Mrs. Turner had planned, Hunter said he attacked Turner with a knife. “Evidence clearly shows Frances was willing to shop this killing around until she found someone who was willing to kill her husband," Bankston said. Mrs. Turner told investigators her husband was attacked by a tall, fat man with curly hair while she hid in tall grass in the park. Defense attorney Martin E. McVey said the initial investigation was botched by the Fort Bend County sheriff's office. He said there was no effort to lift fingerprints from a claw hammer found near Turner’s body. SAVE 43% ON NYLON Jones motive to emerge in trial GEORGETOWN (AP) - After three weeks of •IIM tedious technics! testimony, the case taint nurse Genene Jones will tighten this weak, prosecutors say. as a motive emerges. Officials have remained tight-lipped throughout the case about their theories of possible motives. But at week's end, the story they plan to tell was slowly emerging. Based on courtroom hints and hallway chats, tbs story that will be played out before a jury Monday and Tuesday will apparently go something like this: Ms. Jones injected a powerful muscle relaxant bRs high-risk infants to temporarily halt their breathing and muscle tension. She would then try Is revive the infants in hopes of appearing a "hero" to doctors and other nurses. "We've gotten some tidbits into the record that, ■ their own, don t mean anything and probably passed right over the jury, but it will all make sense when we tie everything together," said Kerr County District Attorney Ron Sutton, the lend prosecutor. Sutton forecast "some suprises" yet to come, and acknowledged the “hero" theory is their best ■ too motive. "We think we can go beyond that, too," he said. Ms. Jones. 33. is being tried in the Sept. 17,1982, of Chaises McClellan, a 15-month-old girl orbs died after two injections from the vocational Prosecutors say she injected succinylcholine, a powerful muscle relaxant that they believe killed Just stick it out until the end (of prosecution ). You'll see." said Nick Rothe. Bexar County assistant district attorney On Thursday, Sutton filled in a calendar of Ms. Janos' employment st the office of Kerrville pediatrician Dr. Kathleen Holland. The calendar shewed the days Chelsea visited the office, the days five other children were stricken while the nurse's care, the days the office was and even five days (rf hospitalization for “That's what this is - filling in the calendar," Roths when asked if prosecutors were to focus on motive. Tbs state's case aginst Ms. Jones should be completed Monday or Tuesday, Rothe and Sutton said. Defense attorneys will Gen begin presenting their version of Chelsea's death. Sutton took the calendar one dramatic step further when he. with Ms Holland's testimony and medical records, produced a chart illustrating Ms Jones’ suspicious record at Ms Holland's office. The chart showed that, during Ms. Jones' employment in Ms. Holland’s office, all five infants younger than 2-years who had a history of illness and who were subjected to intravenous solutions or injections prepared by Ms. Jones inexplicably went limp arid stopped breathing Chelsea was the only one who died. Defense attorney Burt Cames objected to the chart But Sutton, in one of the few courtroom Mids to prosecutors intentions, angrily respon ded, "This goes to show the motive and the intent MGenene Jones." Sutton explained "Every Urne she got the opportunity an a child with the right symp-lemology, that child was down.” attorneys have maintained that Ms did not inject inf ants with dangerous drugs, further that succinylcholine was not the of Chelsea’s death Earlier in the week. Sutton and Rothe won the judge's permission to introduce evidence about Mb children whose episodes of limpness and loss af breathing resulted in injury-to-a-child indictments against Ms. Jones. Man who wanted % to stan/e, dies SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - An 85-year-old retired college president who a state court said had the right to starve himself has died, the family’s attorney said Saturday. The identity of the man remained secret throughout his 47-day fast. The man's daughter spent an hour with him Friday evening before he died, attorney Frank Clark said in a statement. In a ruling Thursday, state Supreme Court Justice Donald H. Miller said nothing should prevent the patient’s death unless the man. fasting in despair over his deteriorating health, changed his mind. Miller also ruled that the center where the man lived was not obligated to try to force the patient to have surgery to install a tube for forcefeeding. The court withheld the man's identity to protect his privacy. The man, who was a patient at the Plaza Health and Rehabilitation Center since last May, was a widower. His wife died in 1960. His daughter testified against force-feeding and said her father, a former electrical engineer, had represented the United States on technological matters in India and France. Edward A. Leone, Plaza administrator, said he wasn’t sure whether the patient had been aware of the hearing, requested by the nursing home to clarify its responsibilities, or had been been told of Miller’s ruling. The case had stirred wide interest among advocates and opponents of the individual's right to choose death, and Gov. Mario Cuomo asked Friday for a special state panel to review the court ruling. Reagan ready for campaign with Mondale WASHINGTON (AP) — One week into Ronald Reagan's re-election campaign, the president and his allies are assuming their Democratic opponent will be Walter F. Mundale and are doing their best to label him an over-promising big spender. Justifying the Reagan campaign's assumption that he is the likeliest opponent, Mondale easily outdistanced his rivals rn winning the support of House members’ chosen delegates to the 1984 nominating convention last week, picked up new endorsements and lengthened his financial edge over his Democratic rivals. At midweek, Reagan sent his $925.5 billion budget to Congress and Democrats were quick to criticize him for overspending on defense and proposing deficits approaching $200 billion. House Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. called the $305 billion request for the Pentagon "ridiculous." Republicans lost no time sharpening their attacks on Mondale Reagan set the attack theme in an interview tuned to coincide with his re-election announcement Sunday night. He said Mondale has “tried to be all things to ail people and I think he’s made more promises than probably can possibly be kept." Referring to the former vice president as “the assumed Democratic candidate," Reagan campaign director Edward J. Rollins told the Republican National Committee on Friday: "The Mondale machine is better than the man, the campaign is stronger than the candidate. Front-runner Mondale doesn't need to pass around the money of ward politics to hold together the special interests, he has passed around promises " Another theme of GOP attacks on Mondale was to link hun to Jimmy Carter. GOP chairman Frank Fahrenkopf, addressing the Republican National Committee, asked, “Do you remember getting that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach when you saw our fellow citizens, bound and blindfolded in Iran, as the Carter-Mondale team stood helpless, unwilling and unable to act." The president ended any remaining suspense about his political plans in a paid political broadcast Sunday night in which he declared that “our work is not finished" and said he and Vice President George Bush would seek four more years in office Hours later, the president said he liked the idea of debating his Democratic opponent nest fall. fla^y know-how. RS working for America. 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Shaw said information given br WlOiame led ie Cornett ’s arrest lay physical evidence links Cornett and a security guard from Mesquite, to the bat my they have established no motive. Prosit, sf League City, was taken into custody in LaMarque later Thursday and was returned to Dallas Friday. He was questioned until 9 p.m. Friday. Williams, who was being held on a charge (rf investigation of murder under $50,000, was questioned until early in the morning Saturday but not formally charged. “At this point we have not filed a case (on Williams) and have not made a final determination if a case will be filed,” said police homicide LL Ron Waldrop. “Our investigation is continuing." Neighbors said Keeton went to the Dallas Morning News vending bos at about the same time every morning. He was killed at 5:15 a.m., less than half an hour after tbs box had been filled with papers. Former community college classmates of Keeton said he had told them two years ago that he worked undercover for the government, infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party. A spokesman for the FBI said Keeton waa “known to" the agency but would not elaborate. 1466 S. SEGUIN behind courtyard square 629-3350 Alfred Schwartz - Manager PRONTO LU,i IO MINUTE OIL CHANGE & LUBRICATION NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY! ;

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