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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - July 9, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana INu KOKOMO Vol 143 No 299 Kokomo Ind Saturday July 50 cents Simpson will stand trial Ample evidence to establish suspicion of guilt LOS ANGELES AP Simpson was ordered Friday to stand trial on charges of murder ing his exwife and a friend of hers by a judge who ruled there was ample evidence to establish suspicion of his guilt Municipal Judge Kathleen KennedyPowell ordered Simpson held without bail and set arraign ment for July 22 in Superior Court Simpson stared straight ahead and snowed no emotion as the judge delivered her ruling Mem bers of Nicole Brown Simpsons family cried as they left the court room The court feels there is ample evidence to establish strong suspi cions of the guilt of the KennedyPowell said noting that the prosecution wasnt required to show guilt beyond a reasonable doubt as they will be at trial but only probable cause for Simp son to answer to the charges The judges decision came on the sixth day of a preliminary hearing that ended with graphic details from the coroner that left Simpson in tears The prosecution also presented evidence placing Simpsons blood type at the mur der scene In their final arguments to the judge defense attorney Robert Shapiro urged that the case be dis Plea review set July 20 Accused would pay Kelvie By MIKE PALUCK Tribune staff writer A plea bargain is pending in Howard Circuit Court for a Koko woman who told police she stole to from her employer over a sixyear period Lynn Ellen Unger 31 will be in court July 20 for further review of the plea bargain that recommends the suspension of an eightyear prison sentence and the payment of in restitution to Kelvie Press Kokomo Unger has already paid to the compa ny according to court records Unger a former bookkeeper for Kelvie Press was arrested in Feb ruary on three Class C felony forgery charges and five Class A misdemeanor counts of conver sion The forgery charges accuse the woman of writing three checks to herself totalling The checks were drawn on the account of Kelvie Press Inc during December 1991 August 1992 and November 1992 according to the charges The conversion charges allege Unger exerted unauthorized con trol over five company checks between November 1992 and Jan uary 1993 The plea bargain incorporates one of the forgery charges and two Class D felony theft charges that were filed against Unger in June According to the bargain Unger will plead guilty to the three charges in exchange for a suspended eightyear prison sen tence If Judge R Alan Brubaker approves the plea bargain Unger will be ordered to serve eight years of supervised probation and be required to pay in resti tution to Kelvie Press during the time she is on probation Failure to comply with terms and condi tions of probation including the payment of restitution would be considered a violation and she would be subject to revocation of the suspended sentence The plea bargain contains a pro vision that calls for a minimum monthly payment of to Kelvie Press Inc during Ungers eight years of probation The doc ument also recommends the pay ment of in court costs In a statement to Kokomo police UngerJ said she took cash from an envelope while making bank deposits for Kelvie Press from May 1987 to April 1993 She told an investigator she took to per week and used some of the money to help feed and clothe the children of a brother and sister who were unemployed Unger said she also used some of the money to help her mother and father because they gave so much to my brother and Later in the statement Unger said she spent to to take her parents on a trip to California in 1987 The woman who was fired in April 1993 told the investigator that she wrote down the amounts of money she took and had intended to repay Kelvie Press According to court records Unger also admitted that she forged several presigned checks from the Kelvie Press account and made them payable to herself without authorization from com pany officials Unger said she wrote a check for and another check for and deposited them into her checking account Later in her statement Unger said that she didnt pay federal taxes for the company from November 1992 to January 1993 She told police that she received five checks from a company offi cial that were to be used for deposit in order to pay the taxes Unger stated that she did not deposit the checks because of her taking the cash from the business there was not enough money in the account to clear the five checks for the federal tax the investigators report said Inside todays Tribune Classified Dr Local News of Prime UMIH Simpsons attorney Robert Shapiro rubs his eyes during testimony AP photo missed contending it consisted of this point in time a strong suspi weak circumstantial evidence cion that Mr Simpson is guilty of There is not and cannot be at Shapiro said This is a case that everybody has jumped to an immediate and unrealistic conclusion This is a case that is not ready to come to Shapiro added But Deputy District Attorney Marcia Clark characterized the states case as a physical evi dence with everything from blood drops to a pair of bloody gloves linking Simpson to the murders The evidence is consistent and very powerful even at this early stage that the defendant has indeed committed every crime that he is charged she said Earlier in a hushed courtroom Deputy Medical Examiner Irwin Golden used black and white drawings of bodies with vivid red slash marks to show how gap ing knife wounds killed Ms Simpson 35 and her friend Ronald Goldman 25 The defense declined to put on its own case Goldens diagrams and testimo ny showed Goldman was slashed repeatedly in the head and body in an apparent struggle with his attacker In the courtroom Gold mans sister and stepmother cried quietly and held hands Simpson struggled for compo sure sighing neavily looking away and rubbing his face as Golden Golden who conducted the autopsies said a knife similar to one Simpson allegedly bought in May could have inflicted the wounds but added he do more extensive tests before making a positive finding Ed J Howard inspects the 1897 HaynesApperson once ovyned by his grandifather atid father 1 Tribune photo by Jim Bath Howard gets atl7 Haynes er look By TOM CAREY Tribune Style editor Many visiting the Seiberling Carriage House will view an 1897 HaynesApperson for the first time But Jeffersonvilles Ed J Howard has seen the antique vehicle before Nearly 80 years ago The cars being displayed at the carriage house on the grounds of the Howard County Historical Museum at 1200 W Sycamore St Purchased new by the mans grandfather the antique vehicle left the familys hands about 1916 Ed J Howard assumed hed never see it again Until a few days ago when he learned it was in Kokomo He viewed the vehicle Thursday for what he thinks will be the last time Master steamboat builder Edmonds J Howard purchased the car for his son Jim Howard around the turn of the century Ed J Howard 84 Jim Howards son said the Jeffersonville family bought it partially because of his fathers fascination with gas powered engines Ed J Howard added his grandmother enjoyed showing off by driving around the city in the vehicle The Howards kept the vehicle until 1916 according to Yvonne Knight second vice president of the Howard Steamboat Museum Inc The museum is housed on the grounds of the former Howard home In 1916 the vehicle was taken to Indianapo lis There it was exchanged for the Haynes Light offered as a prize in a nationwide contest to locate the oldest Haynes automobile Ed J Howard was just six years old when family members exchanged vehicles He was not to see the vehicle for nearly eight more decades Ed J Howard said he lost track of the vehi cle after the Indianappljs exchange The car had different owners before being purchased by Michigan engineer and vintage vehicle afi cionado Jack Frost He knew the Howards were the original owners and traced their connection to the Jeffersonville museum In an effort to obtain more information on the car he contacted the museurri about 30 years ago ic car was restored using many custom made parts as the originals were impossible to find When Knight got involved with the muse um she said she and husband Ray thought Gee whiz we ought to try to track that car down But we kept hitting blank she said A break came when Knight recently saw an Associated Press photo in a local newspaper In that photo she saw an 1897 HaynesJA Apperson being unloaded at museum Knight said she thought it thef same vehicle as only three were manufacf hired But any doubts were removed when she noticed a plate on the front bearing Frosfs On loan from Las Vegas Imperial Palace and displayed here are that vehicle and a 1903 HaynesApperson Those vehicles and others are being exhibited in the carriage house Knight contacted Ed J Howard and the pair were among a group who came to Koko mo Thursday to view the car They have gussied that thing Ed J Howard said xlt was totally he added noting the paint job addition of gleaming headlights and other vehicle revi sions He said he doubts Jeffersonville will be able to secure loan of the vehicle for the Sept 24 and 25 art and automobile show because that city doesnt have the facilities to care for it as required by the Las Vegas facility Still Knight said she is going to try to get the vehicle for the upcoming Jeffersonville festivities And if they do she added wistful ly Itll be very hard but yes wewill give it DacK Plane crash victim arrives at Methodist INDIANAPOLIS AP A Kokomo man who was one of 20 survivors of a USAir crash in North Carolina returned to Indiana Friday and continued his recuperation from burns and other injuries at Methodist Hospital Richard Morgan was in fair condition Friday night at the Indianapolis hospital spokeswoman Charlotte Hatfield said Morgan suffered first and second degree burns to his hands and arms a slight bond injury to one elbow and a lac eration to his forehead she said Morgan was on a DC9 jet that crashed during a rainstorm Saturday killing 37 of the 57 people aboard Hatfield said Morgan was coherent and his parents were with him at the hos pital She said a plastic surgeon would evalu ate his burns It was too early to tell how long Morgan would be hospitalized Among those who greeted Morgan when he arrived in Indiana were his two children and other family members Morgan had been taken off a respirator at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte earlier this week ;