New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 12, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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(USPS 377-880)Wood case finally in jury's hands
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) -Charles Harrelson, accused of gunning down a federal judge, is ‘‘one ol the best liars you're ever going ti see" and justice demands a con viction, a federal prosecutor said Saturday.
‘‘You must dispense justice in this case,” Ray Jahn said in ending his impassioned, two-hour summation. "Justice for yourselves, justice foi your community and justice for your nation demand a verdict of guilty."
His summation concluded 12 houi> of final arguments. U.S. District Judge William S. Sessions read a lengthy jury charge and gave the case
to the panel at 2:21 CST.
Jurors deliberated four hours and 39 minutes before recessing for the night without announcing a verdict. They were to resume deliberations at I p.m. Sunday.
The panel sent a note to Sessions Saturday, asking if their verdicts for the three defendants could be rendered separately, but he ordered them to announce the verdicts all at once. Jurors also asked to review the exhibits, which the judge said they could do Sunday.
Harrelson. 44. who is accused of killing U.S. District Judge John H. Wood Jr. for a $250,000 fee. is on trial
with his wife, Jo Ann Starr Harrelson, and Elizabeth Chagra, the wife of the man accused of hiring Wood’s killing.
Mrs. Chagra, 28. and Mrs. Harrelson. 41, are accused of conspiring to obstruct justice. Mrs. Chagra also is charged with plotting to kill Wood and delivering the payoff money.
Mrs. Chagra's husband, imprisoned narcotics trafficker Januel ‘ Jimmy" Chagra, 39, will be tried later on a murder and murder conspiracy charge.
His narcotics trial was pending in Wood’s court when the judge, known for stiff sentences, was killed on May
The slaying, the first of a federal judge this century, set off an investigation which FBI Director William Webster said was the agency’s most extensive inquiry since the assassination of President Kennedy.
Jahn told the jury, "Charles Harrelson is a killer, a good killer, but not a perfect killer. Charles Harrelson has made a lot of mistakes."
The prosecutor charged that Harrelson shot Wood in the back with a high-powered rifle from a distance of 120 feet. then traveled from San Antonio to Dallas and “ran around
like a chicken without a head" so he could be seen with several people and establish an alibi.
Jahn said Harrelson sat and listened to all the government’s testimony, then concocted a story to explain, during his 33 hours of testimony, his movements during a time the government alleges ho was "stalking" Wood.
Harrelson contended he was involved in a "s< am" to cheat the high-rolling Chagra out of some money and falsely claimed credit for Wood’s killing as part of the alleged ruse.
"Charles Harrelson is one of the best liars you’re ever going to see,
ladies and gentlemen, but don’t let him fool you, don’t let him fool the
criminal justice system," Jahn said. "Charles Harrelson is trying to play you for fools. Charles Harrelson is trying to pull the wool over your
As for Mrs. Harrelson, Jahn argued for the jurors not to accept her explanation of “motherly love" during a time she allegedly pressured her daughter, Teresa Starr Jasper, 26, not to testify in the case.
Mrs. Jasper went to jail six months for contempt of court last year before
See W(X)D, Page 16AUnicorns— no quitting, despite loss
By KARI MITCHELL Sports editor
Approximately 3,000 members of the Big Blue Crew crowded into reserved box seats in the Houston Astrodome Friday night hoping to see their New Braunfels Unicorns upset the No. 1-ranked Fort Bend Willowndge Eagles
Fired up and cheering, they hung crisp signs, screamed. "All the way to state!," frantically waved hand signs and stood up with a roar when the Unicorns burst through the cheelreaders’ "MB won’t stop 'til they get to the top" run-through.
But, halfway through the first quarter, the cheering turned to concern and the waving algas began to fall Mouths fell open as Willowridge’s Thurman Thomas took a punt return and charged down the sidelines for a touchdown. And by 2:29 left in the fourth quarter, only the players on the sidelines still cheered.
“We couldn't give up,” said Tudy Cantu. "We are not that kind of team. We always thought we would be able to come back, but then we heard Willowridge's side begin to cheer. We looked at the clock and saw all zeroes. That hurt. We finally had to accept the fact that we had lost."
It hit hard. After shaking hands with the Eagles, the team silently walked back to Ute sidelines. Hanging their heads, a few players went up to families or girlfriends and hugged them while others aimlessly walked Eyes began to water and tears fell as the small remaining group of fans cheered the team.
I just want to say that no matter what the scoreboard said at the end of the game, we’re proud of our guys,
See UNICORNS, Page UA
MALDEF, rezoning on City Council agenda
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
MAUDEF has apparently reached a verdict on the Charter Review Committee's new plan for city elections But City Manager EN. Delashmutt doesn't kr rn what that verdict is.
‘All we had was a phone call to the City Secretary asking that Judith Sanders-Castro be placed on the agenda for the Dec. 13 meeting,” Delashmutt said. The City Council will convene at 7:30 p.m. Monday at ( tty Hall.
Sanders-Castro represented the Mexican-American l^gal Defense and Education Fund at the Nov. 15 meeting, when the charter committee's recommendations were presented to the council. She asked members to delay action until MAIJJEE attorneys could study the proposed district map and offer either an endorsement or suggestions for improvement
The council will also consider a controversial zoning change. On Nov
9, the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended 3-2 that 3.7 acres on Gruene Road be rezoned from R-2 (single- and two-family residential) to R-3 (multi family) so that Bayside Petroleum Corporation could put in 12 condominiums
Ten neighboring property owners were notified of the requ cs* before the Planning and Zoning hearing. Two wrote in favorable response', and four wrote opposing the change. Several opponents also spoke at the meeting. Robert Van Horn, who lives next door to the proposed complex, said he wasn’t "dead set for or against it," but had a lot of questions for Baystde’s agent William Gallagher.
Two P&Z members were swayed by the opposing testimony and voted against the change The other three thought the particular project Gallagher was proposing would bt* better for the neighborhood than a few rows of duplexes, winch would be allowed under present zoning.
The agenda contains two other proposed zone changes, from C-l (local business! to C-3 icommercial)
at 1275 Gruene Road; and from R-2 to C-3 at 1064 Texas 46 South. Public hearings will be held again on each
Bidders will try again for the luanda Park gift and snack concessions. Council received two identical bids last month, and decided to reject them ..ll and start over.
Owners of some luanda I .ake and ( Oma I River properties would like to take advantage of New Braunfels Utilities’ plans to lower the river level next month. Permits for the various projects will be voted on Monday night.
A 1975 improvement plan for the east side of Prince Solms Park will be reviewed, and the council will consider renewing Kathy Taylor-Thieleman’s contract as city landscape horticulturist
Interlocal ambulance and fire protection contracts with Comal County are also up for renewal.
Delashmutt is asking for emergency funds to install fans and
See COUNCIL, Page IKA
Suspect arrested in Circle K holdupEnd of the line
Unicorn lineman Weston Pacharztna is consoled by hts mother, Flo, following New Braunfels' loss to Fort Bend Wtllowridge Friday in the Astrodome. Although the season ended on a sad note, the Unicorns posted a 12 2 mark and reached the state semifinals for the first time since 1950
A suspect has been charged and jailed in connection with the Thursday morning robbery of a Circle K store at 1289 W. San Antonio.
Jose Delgado, 20, was arrested near 2 a.m. Saturday in the KMM) block of West San Antonio, not far from the store that was robbed at 1:20 a in. Thursday . He has been charged w ith aggravated robbery Municipal Judge David Perkins met with him at ap
proximately 9 a.m., setting bond at $15,000. Delgado was taken to the Comal County jail and w as still lodged there at last report.
According to the police report, a short, stocky Latin male came into the Circle K wearing a stocking mask, threatened the 20 year-old male clerk with a small-calibel handgun and asked him to transfer money from tile cash registers to a bag
I lie robber then ordered the clerk to w alk w Uh him to his car, drove him to the National Guard Armory on IU 35 West, physically abused him and left him there.
The Y Cafe, located near the National Guard Armory, w is robbed at 10:47 Thursday night by a man of similar description, also carrying a small-ca Ii ber gun. However, a police spokesman said Delgado has been charged w itll just one robbery.
Seay, Orr will head Chamber of Commerce
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Faced with a "very tight” 1983 budget, the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce couldn’t have picked a better year to elect two bankers to head its 1983 board (rf directors.
According to recent action taken by the Chamber board, Donnie Seay, president of Guaranty State Bank, and Robert Orr, president of Texas Commerce Bank, have been elected president and president-elect, respectively.
Seay will replace Dr. Mitch Sacco, the out-going 1982 president, Tom Purdum, executive vice president of the Chamber, said in a telephone interview.
Election of officers was completed by the board of directors during a closed-door meeting Thursday night.
In addition to Seay’s and Orr’s appointment, the board elected two new vice presidents — John Doster and John Churm — for 1983, Purdum
Directors also confirmed the election of George Erben, Hon Eyres and Craig Sagebiel to three-year terms as directors to the board, Purdum noted
Keeping with tradition, the newly-elected officers and directors will meet with the out-going 1982 board in a joint-meeting of the board later this month.
A 1983 budget amounting to approximately $435,335 was also adopted by the board at its Thursday meeting. This new budget is approximately $10,000 less than the Chamber’s 1982 amended budget of $444,757, Purdum said.
Orgmaily the newly-adopted budget was "a deficit budget by $8,000," the Chamber executive noted. But, he added, “we balanced it (the deficit) by using carry-over and reserve (funds),"
The 1983 budget is approximately
See CHAMBER, Page 16AInside
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We continue to bo encouraged by the response to our “Cheer Fund," which we have established to provide needy families with a Christmas dinner Here are our most recent contributors:
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Please bring > our donations by the Herald office, 186 S. Ca Ste ll, or mail checks to PO. Drawer 361, New Braunfels. For more information, contact Don Avery at 625-9144.Today's Weather
After an overnight low near freezing, expect a cold, windy,
partly cloudy day and night. Gust) north winds were expected to diminish by morning, turning to Hie northeast at 10-15 mph. Monday will be partly cloudy and just a little warmer. Sunrise today will be at 7:16 a.m.
Comfund goal . . $85,000 Current balance . $74,066 Still needed . . . $10,934
The Community Fund drive ends Wednesday. Please help it make its 1982 goal.
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Jaworksi eulogized in Houston church
HOUSTON (AP) Former Watergate special prosecutor I .con Jaworski was remembered .Saturday as a man of God and a patriot who believed America’s future depended upon its morality.
A crowd of mourners that included Vice President George Bush and Supreme Court Justice lewis Powell jammed shoulder-to-shoulder in Ha1 pews of the 725-seat auditorium and spilled into the nave and balcony of the First Presbyterian Church.
Jaworski’s closed coffin, covered with red roses, rested on a bier in an area before the pulpit Hie chancel was adorned with an unlighted tier of candles and thick with undecorated fir trees.
Dr. John w. Lancaster, paster of the church, said Jaworski has shown us the greatness and grandeur and eternal significance one man made in the image of God "
He called Jaworski "a strong advocate for truth and right. He knew what goodness and justice really
Jaworski, the Houston lawyer who began hts courtroom career defending bootleggers and ended it as the Watergate special prosecutor who forced the resignation of President Richard M Nixon, died Thursday of a heart attack w hile cutting wood at his ranch near Wimberley, Texas. He was 77.
His funeral was a simple religious ceremony w ithout a eulogy.
“This is not an occasion for a eulogy to Leon Jaworski," said Lancaster, who was Jaworski’s minister for more than 20 years. "He would not have v\anted it. Is not our very presence here eulogy sufficient?**
Other mourners included former U S. Rep Barbara Jordan, Gov.-elect Mark White, noted heart surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey, White House Chief of Staff James Baker III, Baylor University Chancellor Abner McCall and Houston Post Chairman and
See JAWORSKI, Page KA