New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 10, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Comp.Brooks execution gives Schroeder second thoughts
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
When District Attorney Bill Schroeder accepted a plea bargain with two capital murder defendants Nov. 30, Texas had gone for more than 18 years without an execution. Seven days later, Charlie Brooks Jr. was executed in Huntsville — the first U.S. prisoner to die by lethal injection.
“The Brooks execution really surprised me,” Schroeder said Friday, reflecting on his decision involving two San Antonio men, Francis Irving Chandler and George Edwin Pittmann. Each were assessed two life prison terms to run consecutively, in exchange for their guilty pleas.
Back in November, Schroeder said, “I want
people to understand the state didn’t take a dive on this one. There are 141 persons on Death Row in Texas, and Chandler and Pittmann would have been numbers 142 and 143. And there haven’t been any executions since 1964.”
Charlie Brooks Jr., changed all that...‘‘and has broken the ice,” Schroeder said Friday. “Prosecutors can see daylight. We now have a chance to do our job.
“The idea behind capital punishment is the ultimate punishment of death. The problem district attorneys across the state had was if the ultimate was not being imposed, why ask the taxpayers to pay for something that was not going to be accomplished?” Schroeder added.
That was Schroeder’s basic reasoning
behind accepting the plea bargain with Chandler and Pittmann, along with the stay of execution granted to Ronald “Candy Man” O’Bryan on Halloween. “I figured no one deserved it more than he did,” Schroeder said in November. “And if he got a stay, what the heck?”
Chandler and Pittmann were involved in a bizarre tri-county kidnapping, rape and murder incident July 23 and 24, which claimed the life of Robert E. Williams.
Also weighing on Schroeder’s mind in November was a case involving a man from New Braunfels, Jerry Jurek, who was accused of kidnapping a small girl, raping her and then drowning her in Cuero. “That was in the early 70s,” Schroeder explained. “Jurek was convicted, the death penalty was upheld in Texas,
but his conviction was reversed.
“The case went up a second time, he was convicted, but the death penalty was reversed. The third time around, which was to be January of 1982, a jury was picked, but the district attorney went for life. The victim’s family couldn’t take any more, so that D.A.’s story also influenced my decision.”
“Before the Brooks’ execution, it seemed we were going nowhere from the prosecution point of view. And I’m still not sure why Brooks,” Schroeder speculated. “There are lots of conservative people in North Texas where his conviction came from, as opposed to O’Bryan from South Texas.”
Under present law. Chandler and Pittmann will each have to serve 20 calendar years, meaning they could become eligible for parole
in the year 2002.
Does Schroeder regret his plea bargain agreement? “Basically, I’m glad it’s over,” he admitted. “On the other hand, they did commit capital murder, and the law says they should be punished accordingly. I believe that law should be upheld, but prior to Brooks. I had no indiction it would."
There is another possible execution on the horizon — James Autry, 28, has been ordered to die Dec. 17 for his capital murder conviction in the April 1980 death of a Port Arthur convenience store clerk.
“It will be interesting to see how that one comes out," Schroeder said, adding if Comal County ever has another capital murder case on its doorsteps, “You can bet I’ll go for it (the death penalty).”
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Vol. 91 - No. 240
Suspect holds up Y Cafe; link with Circle K probedInside
Leon Jaworski dead at age ll
WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) - l^eon Jaworski, the special prosecutor w ho persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to order the disclosure of Watergate tapes that led to the resignation of Richard Nixon, has died of a heart attack.
Jaworski died Thursday at the place he loved most — his 440-acre ranch here in the rolling Texas Hill Country, where he often came for peace and solitude.
The 77-year-old lawyer died while cutting firewood in a grove of Spanish oak trees, and his body was taken to Geo. H. lA*wis and Sons funeral home in Houston.
Ranch foreman John Clay ton was with Jaworski, about two miles from the Circle J Ranch house, when Jaworski collapsed about 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
“I’m sure if he could have chosen a way to go this would have been it," Clayton said. “He was in high spirits and was doing what he liked to do best.”
Jaworski was pronounced dead at 5 p m by Peace justice Sonny Gold, after Clayton spent .in hour trying to revive him.
Jaworski had not been in a courtroom since 1974, w hen he served as Watergate special prosecutor and successfully secured tape recordings linking Nixon to the Watergate scandal.
“You just don’t argue another case after you’ve argued the United States versus Nixon' before the Supreme Court,” he said.
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Local man recalls poker games with Jaworski in Houston
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
I.eon Jaworski was many things to many people. But to 81-year-old C. Ray Kirby of New Braunfels, Jaworski was a friend and former "poker buddy .” Jaworski, special prosecutor in the Watergate hearings, died of a heart attack Thursday at the age of 77 on his Wimberley ranch while chopping w ood A former Houston lawyer, Jaworski was no stranger to New Braunfels. He visited here in 1980 when he received the Texan of the Year Award at the annual Legislative Conference, sponsored by the state and local Chamber of Commerce. Jaworski was also the keynote speaker at that gathering.
Although Kirby, who has lived in New Braunfels for the past eight years, lias not kept in close contact with Jaworski over the years, in 1929 he saw Jaworksi on a regular basis.
Kirby, Jaworksi and eight to ten other young men met every weekend to play '$5 poverty poker" in an apartment complex in Houston, where Kirby resided at the time.
As recent as April, 1981, Jaworski remembered those poker-playing days iii a letter to Kirby "I know it is a little difficult to convince you that I thoroughly remember the poker playing and other fun sessions that we had which really occurred in 1929, as this is the year that I moved to Houston,” Jaworski wrote.
"There were no dull moments and I am especially pleased that you seem to In* so happily situated in New Braunfels." added Jaworksi, who thought highly of New Braunfels As a child he said lie visited here on occasions and always loved the place loiter when I was a
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Welfare fraud charges head Grand Jury list
laical police think the man who robbed the Circle K Store on San Antonio Street at 1:20 am. Thursday, is the same man who held up the clerk at the Y-Cafe at 10:47 p.m. the same day.
He is described as a I ii tin male, slender build, short hair, about 5’4” tall, possibly with a thin light moustache. In both robberies, the suspect was either wearing or holding a stocking mask.
The suspect entered the Y-Cafe last night, pointed a 22 or .32 caliber automatic, nickel in color, at the clerk, and ran out of the restaurant with $175 in cash. He was last seen on foot on Bergfeld Street.
In the Circle K robbery, the suspect, flashing a small caliber pistol, ordered the clerk to place money in a bag. He spoke w ith a very slight accent.
The clerk was then taken hostage in the suspect’s car, parked on the corner of Lee and Hackberry Streets. Later, on the IH 35 frontage road near the National Guard Armory, the suspect let his victim
out of the car, struck him across the face with the weapon, kicked him, and left.
In the early Tuesday morning robbery, the suspect’s car was described as an older model two-door Chevrolet Impala, brown with heavily rusted portions, and low to the ground.
In the Circle K robbery, the suspect was wearing the stocking mask, nylon socks, and a black velour pullover V-neck shirt with collar.
In the Y-Cafe robbery, he had on navy pants, a royal blue long-sleeved button-down shirt, and the stocking mask.
Anyone having information regarding either robbery should contact New Braunfels Police Department Detectives Mario Guerrero or Jim Buntyn at 625-7181 or 625-6872. A reward for valuable information is being offered through the Secret Witness Fund.
-DEBBIE DeLOACHCheer Fund
We are grateful for the response to our “Cheer Fund,” which we have established to provide needy families with a Christmas dinner. Here are our most recent contributors .
New balance .....................$753
For more information, contact Don Avery at 625-9144.Today's Weather
A 40 percent chance of rain or drizzle continues through tonight, diminishing to 30 percent on Saturday. Winds today will be out of the northeast at 5-10 mph, turning north at 10-15 mph tonight. Expect decreasing cloudiness by Saturday afternoon. Sunset will be at 5:33 tonight, and sunrise Saturday at 7:15 a in
Three Comal County residents charged with welfare fraud were among the 18 individuals indicted b> the Grand Jury Thursday.
Ona D. Hoffman, Tomas Acevedo and Rachel M. Juarez were indicted for welfare fraud. No addresses were available, however, as of presstime.
Teddy l>ee Pratt of Star Route 3, Box 26-A, Sa tiler, Richard Ross Bowen Jr., of Route 9, Box 172-K, New Braunfels, Juan Manuel Moreno of 158 E. Commerce, and Nasario E. Herrera Jr., of Route I, Box 48-B, Marion, were each indicted for driving while intoxicated — subsequent offense.
Ruben Paredez of 159 Krueger was indicted on two counts of burglary of a habitation. Nathaniel l<ee Coggins and Usa Marie O’Neill, both of 8146 Dempsey, San Antonio, were each indicted on two counts of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit theft Other burglary indictments
returned included: Anthon) Razo of 337 Paradise, burglary of a non habitation; Rory E. Elrod of 1177 Unicorn, burglary of a motor vehicle; and Johnny Bennett of 283 W San Antonio, burglary of a Imbibition
The remaining indictments were: Jamie Hernandez of Rosedale Apartments, No 440. unlawfully canning a weapon on licensed premises;
— James Mount of Panama City, Fla., unauthorized use of a motor vehicle;
— Berne Jene Stone of 1213 Gardenia, indecency with a child;
— Mack Anthony Brunette of California, aggravated robbery; and
— Victor Kueben, 253 N. Santa Clara, possession of a controlled substance — tetrahydrocannabinol.
Also, the Grand Jury no-btllcd David Berger and Boy Villarreal.
— DEBBIE DeLOACHWet and Wild
It was rainy and cold, but that didn t dampen New Braunfels Unicorn spirit, as throngs of fans descended on Main Plaza Thursday night for a pep rally for the football team, which plays Fort Bend
Staff photos by Cindy Rwhatdsof'
Willowridge in the state semifinals tonight Top. cheers erupt from the Plaza crowd; tower photo. Unicorn boosters "conga” down San Antonio Street prior to the rally.