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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 16, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas Texas HeraldZeitmtf February 3A McClellan family vindicated by verdict GEORGETOWN AP Petti McClellan says ahe had never been to a courthouse for anything more serious than a marriage but she soon became all too familiar with the legal system after a nurse was charged with murdering her 15monthold The mother attended pretrial hearings and carefully followed the legal intracacies of the which culminated Friday with nurse Genene Jones being con victed of Its its McClellan Im glad we Jones was convicted of injecting young Chelsea McClellan with a powerful muscle She also is accused of administering lifethreatening injections to six other Kerrvillearea and one child in nearby Bexar At least now this wont happen to anyone McClellan said during jury Its not going to bring Chelsea but it is some consolation to know that other parents wont have this happen to Other members of the McClellan family including Pettis grandmother and great grandmother hugged and kissed prosecutors and Thank thank you so Now my granddaughter will be able to bury said McClellans Hester She never really McClellans Ruth cried as she said that justice has been But she blamed Bexar County investigators for not in vestigating sooner a string of suspicious infant deaths at San Antonios Medical Center Jones worked at the hospital at the time of the unexplained It if had been stopped in San it would never have gone to she They were warned about They didnt pay Chelsea would be alive Alexander Thats not being Thats being Jones sobbed as deputies escorted her through a throng of news reporters and cameramen into a waiting patrol which took her back to the Williamson County Thats Thats what you one woman yelled at Another The mothers will never stop The who carried signs How many babies have you abused and Stop the baby let out a loud cheer outside the courthouse when they learned of the guilty Minutes after the verdict was Petti and Reid McClellan stood locked in an embrace on a secondstory courthouse tears running down both their Friends said they want to have another even if they must All we can do at this point is hope something like this never happens McClellan officials gloomy over Mideast policies WASHINGTON AP With President Amin Gemayel ap parently nearing acceptance of a plan that would abrogate the Israeli Lebanese troop withdrawal Reagan administration officials appear to have resigned themselves to the defeat of policies in President insisting there is still said As long as there is a chance for were going to stay in Thats what our original mission But there were reports early today that Geyamel was leaning toward acceptance of an eightpoint Saudi plan that sets as a goal a pullout of all foreign troops from according to officials who spoke on condition they wouldnt be The plan would include an end to the May 1983 IsraeliLebanese peace agreement which Syria has maintained must be One official said the Reagan ad ministration was not taking a stand on the new If the Syrians withdraw and Israels security is its a pretty good the official Another said Gemayel may question whether it would be enough to save his faltering But he has to ask what he is going to gain by Secretary of State George in remarks to reporters Those who would dispense with this agreement must bear the responsibility to find alternative formulas for Israeli Shultz drew a bleak picture that seemed to offer little latitude for President Insisting there is still said As long as there is a chance for were going to stay in Thats what our original mission influencing events in the wake of a series of victories by Syrianbacked Moslem We face a new brought about by military pressures against the legitimate he This Syriansponsored violence against the government has presented us with difficult in view of the legislative and other constraints under which our forces are We are nonetheless John the State Depart ment echoed similar sentiments when asked if policies had Without an swering in the he said It has been a worthy cause its been an honorable cause for the United We have worked hard at We have done our We will continue to be committed as best we are The administrations frustration was also illustrated by the fact that the American Marines at Beirut symbol of the American were almost completely surrounded by Druse and Shiite who routed nearby government forces in battles Tuesday and Gang of one Detective admits Geter informant didnt mention group of robbers DALLAS AP A police detective who testified in 1982 that an informant told him of a gang of blacks from South Carolina and raised his suspicions about Lenell Geter has admitted the source was an elderly white woman who gave him only a license Defense attorney Lee Bowers asked Greenville Police James Fortenberry during a hearing shortly after Geters conviction on armed robbery charges where he first learned of the gang he believed was responsible for a series of Dallasarea I developed that information in Fortenberry said in according to a transcript read You developed that information from your in formant Bowers But Fortenberry admitted the in formant was Jewell a 68yearold white woman who called police because a black man in a city park frightened Peavey testified she gave only the license number of the mans car to Did you get information about a gang of robbers from South Carolina from Peavey Bowers asked Fortenberry I did Fortenberry I knew nothing of six black engineers from South Carolina until after I arrested Lenell Fortenberrys testimony came in the third day of a pretrial hearing on a defense request to have the case dismissed in the interest of was granted a new trial in December after Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade conceded that news reports of the case had raised doubts about the validity of the After nearly 16 months in he has returned to work at ESystems a defense contractor in Defense attorneys hope to convince state District Judge John Ovard that the case should not go again to trial because it resulted only from police in competence and The trial is scheduled to begin April Bowers said during a break in testimony that Fortenberrys contradiction is important because the whole thing began with his theory which is a lie about a gang of robbers from South It was because of that theory that they put out some photos of Geter and they got some Fortenberry also testified that he first learned of Anthony Geters roommate who was acquitted last year of a similar robbery because his car carried South Carolina license plates and was parked near Geters He said the only reason he distributed photographs of five other black ESystems employees from South Carolina was that they also attended South Carolina State I would not say it directly implicated them but it was enough to raise Fortenberry Fortenberry said he showed a photographic lineup of the six black engineers from South compiled from ESystems to a woman robbed at gunpoint in a restaurant parking She did not identify any of the six black including Fortenberry then made a second lineup of mugshots of a third ESystems employess and three other black The LouAnn picked Geter out of that Two other people witnessed the robbery of Fortenberry never asked those two to identify he because when I get a positive identification as I did on this particular I generally wait and let the other witnesses make their identification in He said he showed the lineups to two witnesses to an earlier Greenville restaurant robbery and no identifications were Houston gets nod for space station HOUSTON AP Houstons Johnson Space Center has beaten out eight other centers for a chance to manage NASAs space station officials The final which came down to the Houston operation and the Marshall Space Flight Center in Hunt was an nounced Wednesday by the National Aeronautics and Space Weve actually had fair advance notice that this was going to hap but until we saw it in I couldnt Gerald director of the Houston said in an The biggest fact is that were on a course here for another decade for strong development to keep JSC on top of the technology edge in Griffin said he was told of the selection in a letter from NASA Director James Im feeling very good about it Griffin Everybody down here ia very Now we realise weve got the big challenge and now weve got to go to work and nuke it Hie Houston which has trained Americas astronauts the infancy of the manned apace program in the early was among eight centers considered for the space station Beggs said the Johnson Space Center would be forming a program office to coordinate business logistical operations and vendors which would supply the President Reagan called for the con struction of a station in his State of the Union address last NASA spokesman Dave Alter in Houston said it was likely the station could be in space in 1991 or Griffin said the selection likely would raise the employment level at the center by 50 to 150 Its hard to he The station in and of itself is not going to cause a large personnel The biggest impact is continuity and stability it gives to our planning and to our which always has responded to a challenge in a superb When you lay another challenge out it gives us the ability to retain our workforce and attract new Griffin said work already has begun on a program Ive been with a number of people here and at headquarters in he Were narrowing that list Autry touts televised executions HUNTSVILLE AP James David Autry says officials should televise his set March if they really want to scare others out of com mitting a 29yearold who came within half an hour of being put to death told Houston station KHOU TV Wednesday the public doesnt un derstand what executions are all Its not real all that real to the public if they dont see an Autry If theyre serious about using the death penalty as a they should let the public see He said he wants appeals 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