Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - October 4, 1999, Alton, Illinois
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Monday, October 4, 1999
www.thetelegraph.comSlaying suspect turns himself in
By KERRY SMITH and STEVE WHITWORTH
Telegraph staff writers
ALTON — An Alton man turned himself in to police on his 22nd birthday, and investigators said they planned to apply today for charges of robbery and felony murder in the weekend slaying of a doorman outside a Belle Street club where he worked.
Valdez Lamont Jordan of the 2300
Alton man gives up on his 22nd birthday
block of Locust Street turned himself in to Alton police about 10:25 a.rn Sunday, said Capt. Rick McCain of the Alton Police Department. Jordan, whose 22nd birthday was Sunday, was accompanied by his attorney, Patrick Conroy of Clayton, Mo
McCain said Jordan was “arrested for probable cause” on suspicion of
killing Kenny Wayne Spann, 41, of the 300 block of Bluff Street, who was fatally shot Saturday morning outside the Chess Club, 1009 Belle St., where he worked part-time as a doorman.
McCain said he “wouldn’t discuss" whether Jordan made any statement to police or whether the weapon used in Spann’s slaying had been recov
Detectives said they had been in contact with prosecutors from the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office and would apply for robbery and felony murder charges against Jordan today. Jordan will be held in custody at the Alton Police Department until then, they said.
Spann was shot once in the abdomen as he stood outside the Chess Club Police were called to the scene about 6:35 a rn. Saturday. Roger Smith, supervisory investiga tor for the Madison County Coroner’s Office, said Spann was found lying just outside the door of the club.
The victim was taken to Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Alton, where he was pronounced dead at 7:17 a m.
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Above: Mark McGwire hits his 65th home run in the 1st inning against Chicago Cubs pitcher Steve Trachsel during the last game of the 1999 season at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Left: McGwire is congratulated by Thomas Howard after hitting his 65th home run.
Mac and Sammy
By WARREN MAYES
Telegraph sports editor
ST. LOUIS — Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa put exclamation points on their seasons on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Both of the swing kings connected for home runs, much to the delight of the sold-out crowd of 47,998 at Busch Stadium despite all the rain that spoiled the party. Big Mac ended the season with 65 homers and Sosa with 63.
“You don’t see players hit 60 home runs every year,” Sosa said. “This is something special.” The
deep to end season
home-run derby overshadowed the game. Oh yeah, St. Louis won a 9-5 rain-shortened affair. The Cardinals never came to bat in the bottom of the fifth inning. After a second rain delay of I hour, 24 minutes, the game was called and Mac won his second consecutive home-run title.
“I’m pretty proud of myself,” McGwire said. “I think this was one of the most difficult seasons I’ve ever experienced. I overcame a lot of things and to put up the numbers I put up this year, it just goes to show you the mind is a lot stronger than people think. I have a very
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Supporters brave rain, cold to line up for life Sunday
By JIM KULP
For The Telegraph
For The Telegraph/ERICH KASSLER
pporters of Life Chain Sunday line i near Con Agra flour mill in wntown Alton.
ALTON — Twelve-year-old Stephen Smith of South Roxana knows why he turned out for a rain-dampened Life Chain Sunday.
“It’s to protest against abortion and get it through their heads that ifs not right,” he said Sunday from his post on West Broadway in front of the Con Agra flour mill. Stephen was there with his mom, Lora, sister Amanda, IO, and brother Nathan, 8. They are members of Evangel Assembly of God Church. Stephen’s dad, Ted, waited for the family in a nearby parking lot because he has a disability and rain aggravates his condition.
Despite the rain, family groups were a big part of the turnout for the one-hour annual rally against abortion. It has been held in Alton since 1992 and it is the first time participants encountered bad weather, said Gladys Jordan, coordinator of the event this
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Man seeks to be declared innocent of 1978 crimes
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Clayton, Cooper, Hagen, Held, Smith, Spence, Woods
By DENNIS GRUBAUGH
Telegraph staff writer
EDWARDSVILLE - An Alton man freed from prison by DNA tests is seeking clemency from the governor, apparently as a prelude to suing the people who helped convict him 20 years ago.
A hearing is set for Wednesday in Springfield before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board on a petition from David A. Gray, who is asking to be declared innocent of the crimes for which he was imprisoned from 1978 to 1998. The board’s recommendation will be sent to Gov. George Ryan.
Madison County State’s Attorney William Haine said he plans to attend the hearing to object to the clemency bid. His office filed a response to Gray’s petition on Friday.
Gray, 47, was convicted in Madison County Circuit Court during the second of two trials for the 1978 rape, robbery and attempted murder of a woman in her Belle Street home in Alton. Associate Judge Ann Callis vacated the conviction last year and ordered a new trial after DNA tests eliminated Gray’s connection to evidence found at the scene.
When the Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court agreed that Gray deserved a new trial, the State’s Attorney’s Office dismissed the charges against him in June, saying it no longer could prove them.
“A pardon for Mr. Gray will greatly aid the process of setting the record straight and assuaging the damage done to Mr. Gray’s reputation,” said
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