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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - April 16, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Panthers win slugfest over Vol 143 No 223 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Saturday April 16 1994 50 cents 60 years for Grund Convicted of murder By By Ann Hubbard Tribune staff writer PERU Ind Susan Ann Grund received the maximum 60year prison term Friday for the murder of her husband who was a former Miami Countyprosecutor Grund 35 sat emotionless as she was also ordered in Miami Circuit Court to pay a fine She was convicted of murder for shooting her husband James H Grund in the left eye with a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun Aug 3 1992 The shooting occurred in their home at 7 Summit Drive She was arrested Nov 3 1992 and has been lodged in the Miami County Jail since then On March 23 a 12member jury found Grund guilty of murder It was her second trial Her first trial ended in a hung jury Grund was given the maximum sentence after Special Judge John F Surbeck of Allen Superior Court Fort Wayne called her cold and calculating The judge stated he made his decision after he considered the presentence investigation report fetters pleading for leniency let ters attached to the presentence report and prepared statements made in court Friday morning Prior to being sentenced Susan declined to comment But she did state afterward that she would be filing an appeal The court found her indigent and stated it would appoint her counsel from the pub lic defenders office Surbeck found no mitigating cir cumstances and named several factors for an enhanced sentence Her criminal history represents her refusal to conform to societys rules and her propensity to vio lence Surbeck said The judge added that theres a separate statute aggravator which questions the need for correctional rehabilitation There is no need for that he said It was clearly coldly premeditated Surbeck told a packed courtroom Susan entered the house while James H Grund was asleep and shot him Surbeck said the thing he was most struck by during the trial was the short space of time Susan had to do the Killing There was no time allowed to nesitate She went in and shot James H Grund and then went back to her chil dren at a campground Another aggravator he named in the case was that the crime was in violation of their marital trust The sentence constitutes the 40 years required by law plus 20 years added for aggravating cir cumstances Six members of the victims immediate family requested they be able to read prepared state ments to the court Among them were Connie Grund James H Grunds mother who spoke through a secretary Jennifer Homer Jane Allen the victims sister Jeff A Grund his brother Jama Anne Lidral his daughter James David Grund his son and James A Grund his father Each asked the court to give Susan the maximum sentence allowed by law Prosecutor Wil Siders also called Inspector Jay Einhorn with the Oklahoma City Police Depart ment He was the investigator when Susan better known as Sue was arrested on a charge of child abuse in 1983 According to police records Susan was accused of beating her stepson Thomas Whited III who was 3 years old at the time Whit ed sustained brain damage and sight impairment in the attack Records from Oklahoma Coun ty show that Susan Grund pleaded guilty in 1983 to felony child beating She received a five year suspended sentence and was placed on probation for five years Charles Scruggs Grunds attor ney objected to allowing this prior case into the sentencing because Susan pleaded no contest He continued to renew his objec tion as each piece of evidence was admitted Scruggs also called 10 character witnesses who testified about their friendships with Susan Many were members of the Miami County 4H Board or had worked with Susan in the Miami County Queen Pageant Surbeck ordered Susan be taken to the Department of Correction as soon as possible and noted the 529 days of credit which she has already served in the Miami County Jail Miami County Sheriff Jack Rich said he plans to take Susan to the Womans Prison in Indianapolis Tuesday Inside todays Tribune Local Howard Circuit Court Judge R Alan Brubaker denies NAACP allegation that blacks et higher bonds than whites age 2 Sports The Indiana Facers defeated Minnesota Friday night and are a step closer to the playoffs Page 11 World The Pan Africanist Congress which once advocated force to topple the South African gov ernment joins political process Page7 Nation James Earl Ray wins a judges permission to call witnesses and put on evidence in court to try to prove his innocence Page 7 Also inside Classified Local News of record 10 Courthouse art John Whitaker a Taylor High School artwork to hang in the Howard County Courthouse Friday Matt Kearney was helping The artwork created by Taylor students is part of the Art on the Square art festival which includes musical performances The festival begins today at 11 and runs through April 23 The festival is designed for young communi ty artists Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds DAW honors Randolph Nathan Head international representative for the United Auto Workers Civil Rights Department speaks of DAW strengths at the Tribute to the Chief Banquet Friday The banquet is a tribute to former labor leader A Philip Ran dolph Randolph died in 1979 The tribute was held at the DAW Local 292 The A Philip Randolph Institute serves as a laborsupport and lobbyist group Tribune photo by Tim Bath New III chief airs his views Wants to limit tuition increases By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer The new president of Indiana University vowed Friday to con tinue the concept that IU is one university with eight front doors Thats what makes IU said Myles Brand named new IU president by the universitys trustees Thursday night Its a wonderful concept Though each campus has a separate tradition we build together We will contin ue along on that Brand 51 answered questions for a halfhour Friday morning in an IU Bloomington news confer ence telecast by the Indiana High er Education Telecommunication System He was scheduled to visit IU campuses Friday and today with a stop at IU Kokomos Kelley House planned for 4 today The current president of the University of Oregon called his selection as the next leader of IU the opportunity of a noting IU is extremely wellposi tioned to meet the changing needs of the state Oregon is a onecampus student university IU has eight campuses and students But Brand said his stint as provost at Ohio State University from 1986 to 1989 gave him experience in working in a multicampus sys tem As provost my job was to deal with regional he said What I like about lUs sit uation is its integrated into a sin gle university That was less the case in Ohio than Before Fridays press confer ence 1UK Chancellor Emita B Hill praised the trustees decision to hire Brand Hes straight out of academic she said I would expect him to continue to ensure that there is the same qual ity of education here as in Bloom Fridays news conference was viewed by 1UK faculty and stu dents at the campus Main Build ing But Hill said it could be Janu ary before those at the local campus are familiar enough with Brand to form an opinion of his skills Brand has held his current job since 1989 and has doctoral and bachelor of science degrees in phi losophy He is a philosophy pro fessor and faculty member at Ore gon and will become an IU faculty member when joining that univer sity Aug 1 Working to bolster funding for higher education will be nothing new for Brand who at Oregon encountered serious financial problems But lie said lie plans to tap research grants and private fundraising as wi aid to state monies provides universities in Indiana My objective is to keep those tuition raises toan absolute mini he said Its one tool not my favorite by a longshot for raising Evansville hospital hopes humor library helps healing process EVANSVILLE Ind AP Doctors and nurses at Deaconess Hospital are try ing a simple lowcost approach to mak ing patients well humor The hospital will open a humor library in May featuring the best of Lau rel and Hardy the Three Stooges and I Love Lucy shows There will be comic strips jokes and books of humor by Irma Bombeck and other funny people In my work with people with cancer many of the subjects we talk about are tough said Sheila Hauck an oncology nurse clinician who has spear headed efforts to open the library I use humorous cartoons and flip charts to introduce and teach very serious she said Friday Introducing them I make light of Hauck said she has found that patients have a better outlook on their problems if they can find some humor in them Theres a great deal to learn about thinking she said Even if a person is terminally ill weve found the benefits of using Researchers have found that a chuckle can actually produce physiological reac tions increasing respiratory activity and oxygen exchange stimulating the heart rate and blood pressure said Dea coness spokeswoman Angela Baker Using humor also helps patients remember information Hauck said Tests showed thatJhe people we used humor with retained information at a sig nificantly higher she said The humor library will be set up in a lounge on the fourth floor Hauck said Jj V ;